People in Tamil Nadu defy SC orders, Jallikattu held amid protests

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Supreme Court on January 12 dismissed a plea to pass judgement on jallikattu but people in Tamil Nadu are in no mood to listen to the apex court.

Amid continuing protests for allowing the sport during Pongal, people from Cuddalore organized the bull-taming festival on Thursday and people from Madurai are also expected to do the same on January 14.

As the festival is approaching, protests in support of the sport is growing across Tamil Nadu.

Political parties have already started the blame game as Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) while announcing a state-wide stir on Jauary 13, blamed the Centre and state government for “not taking appropriate, timely steps” for ensuring that the event must take place.

According to news reports, some functionaries of Nam Tamizhar Katchi had conducted jallikattu in Cuddalore near the Tiruvanthipuram Devanathaswamy Temple and police arrested 28 people for violating the ban.

Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly and DMK working president MK Stalin while participating in a rally held by college students in Chennai said, “I extended support for the agitation by participating in their protest. It is welcome that students are holding protests for Jallikattu.”

While this was so, film actor Sathyaraj, filmmaker Karu Pazhaniapan participated in a stir here pledging support for Jallikattu. Actor Simbu also held a silent protest.

“We respect the court but it couldn’t take any action against Karnataka which refused to give us our share of Cauvery water despite the court rulings. Likewise, we are also ready to defy the ban and conduct jallikattu this year,” said GR Siva, state vice-president of Jallikattu Veera Vilaiyattu Peravai Trichy while adding that they were not against the Supreme Court but they cannot tolerate the “onslaught” on Tamil culture.