January 18, 2017 6:15:18 pm
Amid massive Jallikattu protests, Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to seek an ordinance allowing the sport. “Tomorrow morning I will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to promulgate an ordinance to conduct jallikattu. Hence, I appeal to all protesters to give up their agitations,” the Chief Minister said. He assured the agitators that the TN government would continue to make all efforts to conduct ‘jallikattu’. “The democratic protests by students and people to uphold our rights and guard our culture are expressive of our feelings (on jallikattu),” he said. However, to conduct ‘jallikattu’, the Supreme Court should give a favourable verdict, he said. Meanwhile, according to TV reports, 31 colleges will remain shut in Tamil Nadu.
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The Madras High Court, in the meantime, today said it will not “interfere” on the issue of protests in the city against the ban on Jallikattu, holding that the Supreme Court was seized of the matter. The court made this observation when a mention was made by an advocate K Balu in the open court about the protests at the Marina on the Jallikattu issue. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice M Sundar, declined to “interfere in the matter at this
stage.” “First of all, the apex court is seized of the matter. When it is so, even the High Court and Tamil Nadu government cannot do anything and moreover, Marina Road is not a place for any demonstrations. The court does not want to interfere at this stage,” the bench said.
Massive protests continued across Tamil Nadu on Wednesday with thousands of people joining in Madurai, Chennai, Salem and Coimbatore. The protests that started in Madurai a day after Pongal festival spread to other parts of Tamil Nadu after police arrested over 200 protesters there on Tuesday morning.
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(With PTI inputs)
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