Many feel that the BJP government doesn’t understand the concerns of Tamilians and Tamil Nadu.

Ban BJP graffiti at Marina Where is your support for Indian culture protesters ask
news Jallikattu Friday, January 20, 2017 - 13:01

The writing's on the wall - and the ground, in BJP’s case. Graffiti calling for a ban on the national party have appeared at Marina beach in Chennai, where protesters have been agitating against the ban on jallikattu for the past four days.

Protesters are not happy with the BJP’s handling of the issue, and the anger is beginning to show. Many people are openly telling the media that the BJP is against Tamilians and Tamil culture, especially after the Centre reluctance to promulgate an ordinance on the issue on Thursday.

There is also a strong feeling that the centre is trying to impose nationalism on Tamil Nadu. Graffiti at the protest spot read, “If no jallikattu, no India”, “Ban PETA, Ban RSS, Ban BJP”, and “Jan 26 Black Day”.

 

31-year-old Satish Kumar, a teacher, said, “The BJP government is always against Tamilians. We are angry with the state and the Centre. They are now saying that they can pass an ordinance - why couldn’t they have done it before Pongal?”

Slogans like “Tamizhanna veruppa? Modi enna paruppa?” (Do you hate Tamilians? Is Modi a big deal?) are popular among the protesters.

42-year-old Rajendran, who works for a private firm, questioned why Modi couldn’t change the law when he is the Prime Minister. “BJP keeps saying they are for Indian culture, but why are they not saving Indian culture? Legal experts say the central government can do what they want. Then why aren't they doing anything?” he asked.

Meanwhile on social media, tweets are slamming the BJP for their government’s apparent inaction on the jallikattu issue.

 

On Friday, pro-jallikattu protests entered the fourth day at the Marina beach in Chennai. Protesters have refused to relent despite the announcement of an ordinance by the state’s Chief Minister.

While the Tamil Nadu has sent the draft of the ordinance to the Home Ministry and the Law Ministry for consultation, the Centre tried to douse the anger against it by requesting the Supreme Court to postpone its order on the jallikattu issue.

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