Political parties support bandh call

The bandh called by Revolutionary Front against the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu likely to be near total

Published - January 20, 2017 09:07 am IST

Rajiv Ranjan, Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) addresses the students.

Rajiv Ranjan, Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) addresses the students.

PUDUCHERRY: The bandh called by the Revolutionary Front, an umbrella organisation of several Tamil outfits, on Friday demanding early revocation of the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu is going to be near total with several political parties including the ruling Congress extending support.

Besides the ruling party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Communist Party of India, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Pattali Makkal Katchi have extended support to the bandh.

NRUTC, the trade union wing of the principal Opposition party, the All-India NR Congress, has also announced support to the bandh call. The Lorry Owners Association has decided not to ply vehicles.

The bandh call was announced in the midst of a mass demonstration organised by students from various colleges at the AFT ground on Wednesday to express their solidarity with the people in Tamil Nadu protesting against the ban on bull-taming sport.

The demonstration continued to get large support from students on Thursday. Students from various colleges skipped their classes and marched to the AFT ground demanding revocation of the ban order and action against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Students from the Pondicherry University and Manakula Vinayakar Medical College held demonstrations outside their respective campus in support of jallikattu.

Traders’ association organised a human chain on Jawaharlal Nehru Street in support of jallikattu.

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