O Pannerselvam, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu reportedly said on Friday morning that Jallikattu, an ancient bull-taming festival will return to Tamil Nadu in a couple of days through an ordinance or Executive orders that he has sent for presidents approval.
He urged thousands of people gathered at Chennai’s Marina beach for four days to end the protest, but people said they will not leave the Beach till a formal order removing the ban on Jallikattu is issued.
Transport and Trader strike is still on in Tamil Nadu.
Pannerselvam stayed in Delhi overnight where he consulted lawyers and others before zeroing in on the option of state ordinance to bypass a supreme court ban on Jallikattu.
The Supreme Court has agreed to the central government’s request to not give its verdict on the Jallikattu ban at least for a week.
At the Marina Beach, the crowds have only grown on Friday morning as many took a day off from work to join the protest.
Top actors and others from the film industry have also joined the protests today – composer and singer AR Rahman is fasting.
Taxis and auto-rickshaws are mostly off Chennai’s roads.
PETA has said it will legally challenge any ordinance that allows Jallikattu, a sport held during the harvest festival of Pongal.