Chennai, Jan 20: With no solution yet to the Jallikattu row, the protests against the ban on the bull-taming sport have grown humongous on Friday. It’s been over 72 hours and the protests are escalating every passing minute with more people, unions and voices coming out against the Jallikattu ban.
Celebrities of southern India have also united against the ban. From film stars to sportspersons, many have voiced out their support for Jallikattu and the protesters demanding that the ban be lifted. “Bring in whatever rules but Jallikattu must be held to keep up the traditions of our Tamil culture,” said Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. Meanwhile, music composer AR Rahman also tweeted that he will observe a fast on Friday to support the ‘spirit of Tamil Nadu’ against the ban on Jallikattu. World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand also lent his support for Jallikattu saying he stands with the spirit of Tamilians on Jallikattu.
On Friday, the film fraternity, auto, taxi and trade unions will go on a strike to join the massive protest against the Jallikattu ban at Marina Beach in Chennai, which continues to remain the centre of the pro-Jallikattu movement. The Madras High Court Advocates Body has also decided to boycott work on Friday to join the protests.
Meanwhile, political voices against the ban are also growing louder. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which is the prime Opposition party in the state has announced statewide ‘rail roko’ (railway blockade) agitation in Tamil Nadu on Friday. The party has also demanded an ordinance on Jallikattu, saying that Centre has given step-motherly treatment to Tamil Nadu for many of the issues that came up in the state. (Also Read: Commenting without comprehension: Tamilians more important for India than ‘ills’ of Jallikattu)
The Congress supported the protest against Jallikattu and said it was a part of Tamil Nadu’s intrinsic tradition. The party also said that people of the state have the right to preserve their traditions. The Congress added that the central and state government must find an amicable solution to it.
Schools and colleges too will remain shut on Friday while several organisations have called for a day-long bandh in Pondicherry, Madurai and several other areas in the state. Protests have also gained momentum in other states apart from Tamil Nadu. In Mumbai, Tamilians wore black clothes and raised slogans against the ban in the western suburb of Mumbai. They also raised slogans against PETA and demanded its ban. Protests were also staged outside the Tamil Nadu Bhawan in New Delhi.
Protests escalated on streets of Tamil Nadu as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday refused to intervene in promulgating an ordinance in the conduct of Jallikattu. Modi on the contrary, expressed support for steps taken by Tamil Nadu in this regard, PTI reported.
By Thursday evening, lakhs of protesters thronged the Marina Beach in Chennai and raised slogans against the central and state governments.
Tensions have been escalating for the last week after protesters were detained by police for organising local Jallikattu, defying the Supreme Court’s ban on the bull-taming sport. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam said that the state government in conjunction with the Centre would take steps for holding the event, pointing out that the matter is “sub-judice” or in court.