In an encouraging sign for pro-jallikattu activists and political parties in Tamil Nadu, key members of the BJP have promised that a “collective decision” will be taken on lifting the ban on Jallikattu.
Speaking at an event in Madurai, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The Centre will find a collective decision on the issue of lifting the ban on jallikattu and conducting the traditional bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu,” adding that, "Union minister of state for transport and highways Pon Radhakrishnan is in touch with the government. I think we will collectively find a solution for it."
Earlier, Pon Radhakrishnan has also said that the centre will look into the issue and come up with a favourable decision, expressing hope that jallikattu would be allowed during the upcoming Pongal festivities.
Meanwhile, there have been small protests across Tamil Nadu by bull-tamers asking for the ban on jallikattu to be revoked.
Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in May last year. Ahead of the assembly polls in 2016, both the major Dravidian parties, DMK and AIADMK, have raised the issue with the centre seeking an ordinance from the Union Government to allow jallikattu. Animal rights activists have however opposed these demands.
You can watch a short documentary on the jallikattu issue here to understand the arguments for and against the sport.