Tamil Nadu may not celebrate Jallikattu this year

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The Supreme Court on January 12 rejected a Jallikattu plea to be heard before Pongal, which means there will be no Jallikattu this Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

The plea on allowing the bull taming sport will not be heard by Saturday, said the Supreme Court. Since the Apex Court is in the process of coming up with the judgement, which depends upon the Centre’s validity of a notification over allowing the sport, the SC is not able to hear the petition before the festival.

AIADMK had urged the Centre to issue an ordinance to remove “bulls” from the list of banned animals that are exhibited or trained so that Jallikattu could be held this year.

Since last two years, Jallikattu, which is organised to celebrate Pongal, has not been held in Tamil Nadu because of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court.

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave held the previous Congress-led UPA government responsible for including bulls in the list of animals prohibited from being exhibited or trained as performing animals.

There was no ill treatment of the bulls during the performance of the sport, he said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam showed keenness in holding the sport and said, “Myself and the Tamil Nadu government, who follow in the footsteps of Amma will ensure that Jallikattu is held. I would like to assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will uphold the heritage and culture of the Tamils.”