TN seeks lift of Jallikattu ban ahead of Pongal
news Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 11, 2015 | 09.20 am IST Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam Saturday said his government would take all measures to ensure traditional Jallikattu (bull taming) was held and the central government would be urged to remove bulls from the list of animals not to be trained for public performance. "We hope the Centre will heed to our request and once that is done, we will take steps to conduct jallikattu without violating the Supreme Court order banning the sport," said Panneerselvam. "There have been demands from several sections seeking state government intervention for smooth conduct of the sport this Pongal and I assure them that the government will take all steps in this regard," said the chief minister. according to Times of India. In a statement issued here, Panneerselvam said a state government team would meet the central officials Jan 12 and urge them to remove bulls from the list put out by the the environment and forest ministry. He said once the central government issues a notification, then the state government on its part would issue a notification that would enable holding of Jallikattu without contravening the apex court's order banning the sport. Jallikattu is a popular sport in several villages in the state and is held during the Pongal festival. The Supreme Court had banned the sport after activists alleged cruelty to animals used in the sport. With inputs from IANS
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