Protest continues across Tamil Nadu on Saturday after Supreme Court (SC) banned bull-taming sport – Jallikattu.
The issue has taken political overtones with both the AIADMK, which is in power in Tamil Nadu and the DMK vying for the credit to bring the controversial event back in the state. Animal rights activists, too, have joined the debate.
Jan 14, 2017 12:41 pm (IST)
Jallikattu supporters taken into custody
* Several supporters of Jallikattu on Saturday were taken into preventive custody near for allegedly trying to defy a ban on the traditional bull taming sport associated with Pongal festivities.
* Anticipating trouble, police in large number was deployed in sensitive areas where the sport is generally held like Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, locations famous for Jallikattu in Madurai district.
The government is ready with a draft ordinance on Jallikattu, the bull-taming festival in Tamil Nadu banned by the Supreme Court, sources told CNN-News18 on Friday, the eve of Pongal festivities in the southern state.
Jan 14, 2017 9:11 am (IST)
Bulls kept under police security for 'Jallikattu' festival in Madurai.
Jan 14, 2017 9:08 am (IST)
DMK leader Sarvanan on Jallikattu
* There is no Jallikattu is going to happen this year
* The state government made false promises that Jalikkatu will happen this year but they have failed
* MK Stalin had protested a lot against the banning of Jalikattu
* The central government can eaisly pass the ordinance they just want to ignore it
* BJP leader also promised that Jallikattu will happen
File image of JalliKattu. (Image: Reuters)
The AIADMK government wrote to the Centre last week asking for its intervention and urging it to promulgate an ordinance to allow holding of the festivities.