Jallikattu protests
People gather in Chennai on January 17, 2017, to protest against the ban on Jallikattu.IBTimes

Protesters in Tamil Nadu continued their agitation for the fourth day on Friday demanding that the bull-taming sport Jallikattu be allowed to be played. The protests so far have been peaceful and were conducted in Chennai, Madurai, Vellore, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, seeking an ordinance on the matter. However, the prime minister said that the matter was sub-judice and an ordinance cannot be passed. 

  • DMK working president MK Stalin, who was taken into preventive custody, released.
  • Ordinance will be passed in 1-2 days, says AIADMK MP M. Thambidurai. 
  • SC delays verdict by a week on Centre's behest. 

3:24 pm IST: "We all have to come together. All we are asking is for Supreme Court to show sensitivity in this issue," said Ganesh Venkatraman, Actor. 

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1:18 pm IST: "Home Minister received proposal from Tamil Nadu government, it's under consideration, we will ensure that in shortest time will solve it," Anil Dave, MoS Environment & Forest, said. "Will bring everything in front of you in shortest time, by today evening or tomorrow we will reach a conclusion," he added. "In 2011 bull was added in list of performing animals, if they didn't do that we wouldn't have been sitting here."  

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1:00 pm IST: DMK workers to go on one-day fasting-protest on Saturday. DMK working president MK Stalin to lead protest in Valluvar Kottam.

12:57 pm IST: "Congress and DMK root cause for ban. DMK betrayed the people of Tamil Nadu, after 2014 even BJP failed to take care of matter," said deputy speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai. 

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12:48 pm IST: AIADMK MPs to meet President Pranab Mukherjee at 2 pm on Saturday.  

12:35 pm IST: "We had come to urge the Home Minister to take steps for promulgation of ordinance in support of jallikattu," said AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai. "Home Minister said we'll process the matter quickly and see that within 1-2 days everything can be cleared and Tamil Nadu can pass ordinance."

12:18 pm IST: AIADMK MPs reach home ministry to meet Rajnath Singh. 

12:15 pm IST: "Such protests should be given up, heavens are not going to fall. SC is a proper forum to approach," said Soli Sorabjee, former attorney general. He also called the ordinance unconstitutional. 

11:45 am IST: People hold 'dharna' in support of Jallikattu in Coimbatore.

11:39 am IST: DMK Working President MK Stalin, who was taken into preventive custody for halting a train, has been released. 

11:12 am IST: Members of South Indian Artists association, Nadigar Sangam, come out in support of Jallikattu. 

11:00 am IST: "DMK working president requested state government for an all-party meeting on issue for demanding enactment of emergency law for Jallikattu," DMK leader Kanimozhi said. 

10:56 am IST: Supreme Court delays verdict by a week, as asked by Centre. 

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10:45 am IST: AG mentioned before Chief Justice of India that Jallikattu judgement should be deferred till next week as Union and State governments are trying to solve this issue.

10:40 am IST: Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, Thamizhisai Soundarrajan reach MoS Environment & forest Anil Dave's residence in Delhi. 

10:39 am IST: DMK Working President MK Stalin taken into preventive custody for halting a train as protest.

10:38 am IST: Tamil actors Suriya and Ajith present at Jallikattu protest. 

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10:20 am IST: "Prevention of cruelty act also taken into account, this will take a day or two," said Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. 

10:17 am IST: "Tamil Nadu CM met PM yesterday, we know a lot of unrest is going in Tamil Nadu, Central Govt conscious of the position," said Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi. "Central, state talking to each other, mulling over several options.They'll try & find out a way so that cultural rights can be saved also."

10:16 am IST: "Government should keep an eye on PETA because they are interfering unnecessarily in our traditional things. We will meet Environment Minister Anil Dave,will also try and meet Home Minister also, trying our best," said Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.

10:00 am IST: Shops have been closed down in Rameswaram due to the protests. 

9:55 am IST: DMK workers hold 'Rail Roko' protest over Jallikattu issue, halt a train at Mambalam railway station. MK Stalin also present.

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9:30 am IST: "TN CM says within two days ordinance will be brought & jallikattu will be organised, we won't leave Marina Beach till it's done, said a protester.

9: 20 am IST: DMK Working President MK Stalin joins DMK's protest in support of Jallikattu in Mambalam. 

9:16 am IST: Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, BJP state chief Thamizhisai Soundarrajan along with Tamil Nadu Jallikattu association office bearers to meet Minister of State Environment and Forest Anil Dave today.

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8:53 am IST: "We had detailed discussion with constitutional experts regarding amendments to be enacted on Jalikattu law by the state. Tamil Nadu government sent draft of amendment to Ministry of Home Affairs this morning. I believe draft would be approved in 1-2 days which will pave way for Jalikattu. To take up the draft of the amendment further with the Union Govt, I have deputed senior officials of the state to work with Centre. We urge protesters to withdraw their protest immediately," said TN CM O Panneerselvam. 

8:50 am IST: Not a bull fight, its embracing the bull. You should see how bull also loves the sport & engages itself: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

7:55 am IST: DMK leader and MP Kanimozhi to hold 'Rail Roko' protest at Chennai Egmore railway station in support of Jallikattu today.

7:45 am IST: Members of South Indian Artists association, Nadigar Sangam to come out in support of Jallikattu today, AR Rahman to also remain present.

7:40 am IST: Massive protest continues at Chennai's Marina Beach, schools across Tamil Nadu to remain closed for today in support of Jallikattu.

7:35 am IST: DMK to launch state wide 'Rail Roko' protest on Jallikattu issue,party's Working President MK Stalin to protest at Mambalam Railway Station.