The Jallikattu issue has come to the fore again. On a recent visit to Tamil Nadu, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said she is against the demand to repeal the ban on Jallikattu, while Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan disagreed with her.
Maneka Gandhi claimed that even though a majority of the people in the State supported the revival of Jallikattu, it was a dangerous sport. She said that only the views of the Supreme Court matter on this issue.
However, Pon Radhakrishnan said that he was not in agreement with Maneka Gandhi on the issue. He said that there were many other dangerous sports that were being played and the Centre will see if it can allow the sport to be played in the Pongal festival.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundarajan stated that the views made by Maneka Gandhi were her personal views as an animal rights activist. She claimed that BJP was united on the Jallikattu issue, and they have the support of the central government on it, according to The New Indian Express.
BJP leader H Raja also made a similar statement. He claimed that Jallikattu was one of the ways to protect bull varieties and the Centre will bring amendments for the same, which cannot be overridden by the Supreme Court.