Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam met PM Narendra Modi to seek ordinance on Jallikattu ban allowing the bull-taming sport to take place during Pongal. The protests are rising in Tamil Nadu in support of the age-old tradition of Jallikattu, schools and colleges will remain closed with several organisations having called for a day-long bandh in Pondicherry. Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming sport organised in Tamil Nadu during Pongal. Hundreds of students and youths blocked a Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger train in Madurai, demanding an immediate revocation of the ban on conducting Jallikattu.

Prominent Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said it is not a bull fight but a festival to honour the animals.  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam had earlier taken legal advice over ban on Jallikattu, adding that a draft of ordinance has been sent to the Home Ministry. Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming sport organised in Tamil Nadu during Pongal. The SC order had identified the five freedoms of animals, including freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition, freedom from fear and distress, freedom from physical and thermal discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, and freedom to express normal patterns of behavior. ALSO READ: Chandigarh School Admissions: Final list uploaded for entry level classes

Top Tamil film actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Suriya, Dhanush and several others gathered at the South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA) headquarters in T Nagar for a silent protest in solidarity with the youth of Tamil Nadu who have been protesting for the conduct of Jallikattu.  On January 16, 2016, the World Youth Organization protested at Chennai against the stay on ban on conducting Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. WYO also demanded a ban on PETA in India. ALSO READ: CA Final Results 2016 announced, Eti Agarwal tops the list with 74.88 percent