The Union government on Friday lifted the ban on races involving bulls.While Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana has a tradition of organising bullock cart races, Tamil Nadu is famous for Jallikattu, a popular bull taming sport.The Supreme Court had in 2014 ordered that the controversial bull races be banned, after animal rights activists approached courts at various levels demanding the same.The union environment ministry has now modified a 2011 notification, which prohibited use of bulls as performing animals in exhibitions, to make an exception and allow the use of bulls in events such as Jallikattu.The Centre’s decision is largely viewed as a populist move. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar himself was keen on satisfying the aspiration of a section of the people, including farmers and bullock-cart owners’ association. In Tamil Nadu, where the Assembly elections are round the corner, the BJP is keen on reaping poll benefits with this decision.However, the decision has made political parties in state bullish, with leaders claiming credit for the Centre’s decision.It was Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil of Shiv Sena who had moved court against the bullock-cart race ban and even approached high court and Apex court. He had made various representations to the earlier UPA government as well. After NDA came to power, he had taken a delegation of bullock-cart owners’ association to meet Prakash Javadekar.BJP state unit has issued a press release, claiming that it was the efforts and follow-up on part of party state chief Raosaheb Danve that the ban has been lifted.Meanwhile, Baramati MP Supriya Sule of NCP also patted herself on the back and has thanked minister Javadekar for the decision.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Maharashtra parties squabble for credit as Centre lifts ban on jallikattu