Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam was set to inaugurate Jallikattu at Alanganallur, famous for conducting the rural sport, on Sunday. However, protesters did not allow any official to enter the village and staged a sit-in dharna to demand a permanent solution for Jallikattu issue as compared to an ordinance with validity of six months.
The festival, earlier banned by the Supreme Court, is taking place after a massive protest by people and state administration against the ban.
In a rare show of unity and determination, people and government of Tamil Nadu presented a joint front to demand lift from the ban from the sport which involved bull fighting and taming, in order to preserve culture of the Tamil traditions.
While, common man and celebrities staged a continuous protest at the Chennai’s Marine beach, Tamil Nadu CM and ministers met everyone from PM Narendra Modi to Home Minister Rajnath and even President Pranab Mukherjee to introduce and clear an ordinance to make way for Jallikattu.
“Jallikattu will be held tomorrow. The bulls will dash (into the arena ),” Tamil Nadu CM said after final promulgation of the ordinance on Saturday.
Here are the live updates:
# Ordinance will be taken up in TN Assembly&draft will be prepared for permanent law in this regard tomorrow: TN CM O Paneerselvam on jallikattu
# Sri Lankan refugees of Rameswaram refugee camp too protested in support of Jallikattu.
#Eight trains cancelled on Sunday, two trains cancelled on Monday in Chenna due to protest across the state over Jallikattu issue
# Protesters demand permanent solution on jallikattu and ban on PETA
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 22, 2017
# All NGOs meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, CM assures permanent lift on Jallikattu Ban
# Monumental failure of state govt, Centre.They aren't assuaging feelings of ppl, protesters have to be reached out: Saravanan, DMK ON jallikattu
# Protesters are demanding a permanent solution for organising Jallikattu event in the state, thus didn't allow TN CM to inaugurate
# Panneerselvam faces protests, will return to Chennai from Madurai without inaugurating Jallikattu in Alanganallur
# We will bring draft of a permanent law on Jallikattu in the Tamil Nadu assembly soon: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam
# Enough security arrangements made for Jallikattu, its being organised well across the state: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam
# Students block the way for Rekla (ox-cart) race inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Minister Velumani in Coimbatore
# Jallikattu organised in Manaparai's village, 100 bulls and and more than 500 bull tamers participate
Tamil Nadu: Rekla (ox-cart) race organized in Coimbatore, state Minister SP Velumani flags off the event. pic.twitter.com/L99NYvpN4v— ANI (@ANI_news) January 22, 2017
#Lawyer,R Raman,intervener in Jallikattu case says if any aggrieved party comes to SC, then court should hear state Govt before passing any order
#TamilNadu govt files caveat in SC following promulgation of ordinance allowing Jallikattu in the state. (PTI)
#Jallikattu in limbo at Alanganallur, Madurai; Protests on. (PTI)
#Jallikattu begins in parts of Tamil Nadu. (PTI)
The speed of amendment in Animal Cruelty Act could be a record in India history. Though the ordinance was valid for 6 months, the Chief Minister said a bill will be introduced in the state assembly and it will be adopted replacing the ordinance.
Jallikattu is traditionally held during the harvest festival Pongal.