Massive protests against the ban on traditional bullfighting sport Jallikattu continued across Tamil Nadu on Friday as main opposition planned to launch state-wide 'Rail Roko' protest.
According to reports, party's working president MK Stalin will protest at Mambalam Railway Station, while MP Kanimozhi will lead the supporters of Jallikattu at Chennai Egmore railway station.
Meanwhile, Chennai's Marina Beach continued to be packed with people demanding life on Jallikattu ban. Members of South Indian Artists association, Nadigar Sangam are also likely to come out in support of Jallikattu on Friday, AR Rahman to be present as well.
The schools across Chennai will also remain closed on Friday.
Here are the live updates:
# We all have to come together. All we are asking is for Supreme Court to show sensitivity in jallikattu issue: Ganesh Venkatraman, Actor
# We've been spearheading various protests on jallikattu. Appreciate efforts by youths. Statement of TN CM has come as a relief: MK Stalin, DMK
# Your wish will be fulfilled: Tamil Nadu CM O. Panneerselvam on being asked if he will inaugurate jallikattu event
#We also expect day after tomorrow the notification of ordinance will appear. It will happen: TN CM O Panneerselvam
#By evening we expect the ordinance draft will be sent for consent of the President: TN CM O Panneerselvam
#HM received proposal from TN govt, its under consideration,ensure that in shortest time will solve it :MoS Env&Forest Anil Dave
#Centre and TN are talking; will be decided whether centre or state will act or both wl do something,all options open: AG Mukul Rohatgi
#Requested SC to not give judgement on jallikattu for a week as situation is already very aroused and SC agreed: AG Mukul Rohatgi
#Chennai: DMK workers to go on 1 day fasting-protest tomorrow.DMK working president MK Stalin to lead protest in Valluvar Kottam
#Congress and DMK root cause for ban. DMK betrayed the people of TN, after 2014 even BJP failed to take care of matter: M Thambidurai
#AIADMK MPs to meet President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow at 2 pm
#We have urged the Home Minister to take steps for promulgation of ordinance in support of Jallikattu. HM said we'll process matter quickly and see that within 1-2 days everything can be cleared and TN can pass ordinance: M Thambidurai, AIADMK
11:00AM (Read full story here)
#Supreme Court agrees not to pass any interim or any order for a week on the Jallikattu issue
#Chennai: DMK Working President MK Stalin taken into preventive custody for halting a train as protest in support of Jallikattu (Read full story here)
#Central, state talking to each other, mulling over several options.They'll try & find out a way so that cultural rights can be saved also:AG
#TN CM met PM yesterday, we know a lot of unrest is going in Tamil Nadu, Central Govt conscious of the position: AG Mukul Rohatgi
#Govt should keep an eye on PETA because they are interfering unnecessarily in our traditional things:Union Min Pon Radhakrishnan
#Will meet Environment Minister Anil Dave, will also try and meet Home Minister also, trying our best: Union Min Pon Radhakrishnan
#TN CM says within 2 days ordinance will be brought & #jallikattu will be organised, we won't leave Marina Beach till it's done: Protester
#Chennai: DMK Working President MK Stalin joins DMK's protest in support of Jallikattu in Mambalam
#Radhakrishnan, Thamizhisai Soundarrajan alongwith TN Jallikattu association office bearers to meet MoS Env & forest Anil Dave today
8:45AM (Read full story here)
#To take up the draft of the amendment further with the Union Govt, I have deputed senior officials of the state to work with Centre: TN CM
#TN Govt sent draft of amendment to MHA this morning. I believe draft would be approved in 1-2 days which will pave way for Jalikattu: TN CM
#Had detailed discussion with constitutional experts regarding amendments to be enacted on Jalikattu law by the state: TN CM
#We urge protesters to withdraw their protest immediately: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam
On Thursday, as protests swelled on the streets of Tamil Nadu, state chief minister O Paneerselvam was in Delhi trying to solve the problem. Tamil Nadu CM first held a meeting with PM Narendra Modi and said that state government will soon take steps to enable holding of Jallikattu with support from the Centre.
Later he also held discussions with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. After the meeting, Rahtogi said that the state government has the power to enact a law to treat Jallikattu as a traditional sport, but cautioned that the animals should not be harmed or cruelly treated during such events.
On January 8 last year, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions. The notification was challenged in the apex court by the Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.