Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam meet PM Modi with the second day protest by SC ban on Jallikattu. Thousands of protesters have thronged to Marina Beach in Chennai on Thursday against a court ban on Jallikattu, Tamil Nadu's popular but controversial bull-taming sport played during Pongal festivities in mid-January.
A senior minister said the initial plan was to send a delegation of AIADMK MPs to meet Modi. "But following reports of more and more people joining the protest by Wednesday afternoon, it was Chinnamma (Sasikala) who suggested that the Chief Minister should go and meet the Prime Minister in person. He will demand a presidential ordinance to ensure Jallikattu events this year," he said.
The AIADMK said a resolution would be adopted in the Assembly seeking lifting of the ban. "While recognising the sentiments of students, youth and the people of Tamil Nadu, I firmly state that we will move and unanimously adopt a resolution seeking complete lifting of the ban on Jallikattu in the ensuing Assembly session," party chief V K Sasikala said in a statement.
"We will make legal efforts to prevent PETA, a foreign organisation, from involving in activities inimical to the cultural pride of Tamil Nadu," she said. "The Tamil community also knows that it was the Congress-DMK rule which gave legal recognition to PETA," she said.
According to sources,Pannerselvam fly to New Delhi on Thursday to meet Modi and seek an ordinance to lift the Supreme Court ban on the sport that has sparked massive protests and fuelled anger against the state and central governments.
"(The) Tamil Nadu government will continue to take necessary steps to ensure holding of Jallikattu- CM O Panneerselvam (sic)," the AIADMK tweeted on Wednesday night amid demands by protesters gathered at Chennai's Marina beach seeking a meeting with him.
The fresh wave of protests was triggered by the Supreme Court's refusal last week to pass an order before the Pongal celebrations.
Both the ruling AIADMK and rival DMK have backed the pro-Jallikattu groups. Sources said police caned some of the protesters on Wednesday night. Police say the protests have remained peaceful so far but have spread to large parts of the state.