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SC questions Centre’s notification supporting jallikattu, says cannot ‘negate’ verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the Centre for its 2016 notification allowing use of bulls in events like jallikattu, saying that its 2014 verdict banning the use of the animals cannot be “negated”. “How can you (the Centre) negate our judgement banning jallikattu by coming up with the January 2016 notification allowing bulls to participate in the sport again,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and RF Nariman said. “Your January 2016 notification negates our 2014 judgment banning use of bulls in jallikattu,” it said.During the hearing, the counsel for the Centre said that now it would be ensured that bulls were neither tortured nor made to take alcohol prior to jallikattu. Supporting the historic tradition, the Centre also said that the court should not stop it and moreover, villagers could not be asked to go and see F1 sports.The bench, meanwhile, refused to hear organisations which have approached it to support the use of bulls in the event and fixed the matter for further hearing on December 7. Earlier, the apex court had observed that the country cannot “import Roman gladiator-type sport” as it is against the culture of compassion towards the animals. “We cannot import Roman gladiator-type sport here. One can use computer for indulging in bull fighting. Why tame bulls for it?” the bench had said.Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, had said when humans can run for marathon, why can bulls not be made to do so. The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country, and had banned their use across the country.The apex court had also earlier declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution. On January 8, the Centre had issued a notification lifting ban on jallikattu in poll-bound Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.On July 26, the apex court had said that just because the bull-taming sport of jallikattu was a centuries-old tradition, it could not be justified. It had said if the parties were able to convince the court that its earlier judgement was wrong, it might refer the matter to a larger bench. The Supreme Court had on January 21 refused to re-examine its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events or bullock-cart races across the country. The apex court had earlier stayed January 8 notification.

Jallikattu verdict: SC rejects Tamil Nadu’s plea for review

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea of the Tamil Nadu government seeking review of the 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state and bullock-cart races across the country.A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman rejected the state government’s review petition, filed in 2014 through its Chief Secretary, saying that it was illegal and unconstitutional as the taming of bulls for such an event amounted to “cruelty”. Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the state, submitted during the hearing that the jallikattu is not cruel as a whole, and instances of animal torture are isolated cases.The apex court had on January 21 dismissed similar pleas for re-examination of the 2014 judgement.A bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and P C Ghose, during in -chamber proceedings, had dismissed the review petitions filed by some residents of Tamil Nadu seeking reconsideration of the ban order on the controversial bull-taming sport. On January 8, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.The apex court had stayed the notification. Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival. The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country and banned their use across the country. The apex court had declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution.

SC terms jallikattu unconstitutional, rejects Tamil Nadu govt’s plea to review ban

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea of the Tamil Nadu government seeking review of the 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state and bullock-cart races across the country.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and RF Nariman rejected the state government’s review petition, filed in 2014 through its Chief Secretary, saying that it was illegal and unconstitutional as the taming of bulls for such an event amounted to “cruelty”.

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Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the state, submitted during the hearing that the jallikattu is not cruel as a whole, and instances of animal torture are isolated cases.

The apex court had on 21 January dismissed similar pleas for re-examination of the 2014 judgement.

A bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and PC Ghose, during in-chamber proceedings, had dismissed the review petitions filed by some residents of Tamil Nadu seeking reconsideration of the ban order on the controversial bull-taming sport.

On 8 January, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.

The apex court had stayed the notification. Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival.

The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country and banned their use across the country.

The apex court had declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 18:19 IST

Jaya meets PM Modi, proposes amendments to GST Bill

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday during which she raised several matters of her states’ interest, including exemption from NEET and a request to prevent Karnataka from building dam across Mekedatu.The AIADMK supremo, who arrived in the national capital on Tuesday morning, also raised the matter of amendments to the GST Bill and gave a 29-point memorandum to the Prime Minister.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Centre should accept the AIADMK’s amendments to the GST Bill, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma in the memorandum to PM Modi,” said AIADMK’s official twitter handle.”Puratchi Thalaivi Amma memorandum to PM: Exempt Tamil Nadu permanently from NEET Exam, Tamil should be made one of the official languages, Cauvery Management Board should be formed among the other demands in the memorandum,” the other tweet read.”Puratchi Thalaivi Amma gives 29-point memoradum to PM, Resume Jallikattu, prevent Karnataka from building dam across Mekedatu,” the AIADMK said in a series of tweets.This is Jayalalithaa’s first visit to the national capital after assuming the office for a second consecutive term. The Chief Minister will be returning to Chennai today.The AIADMK chief had earlier met Prime Minister Modi in August last year when he had visited Tamil Nadu during the Chennai floods.

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: AIADMK manifesto lists waiving of farmers’ loans; sops for women

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa waited till all the other parties released their manifesto ahead of the Tamil Nadu elections. On May 5, at the Perundurai election rally, she finally released her manifesto officially. In all her elections rallies so far, she has been talking about all that her government has done so far. Now, she has announced what she will be doing for the people if she is voted back as Chief Minister.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jayalalithaa has announced free mobile phones for all ration cardholders in Tamil Nadu and a 50% discount on motorbikes for working women. She has also stated that there will be free laptops given this time round too for students and free Wi-Fi made available in public spaces.The Hindu and The NewsMinute listed out the highlights of the AIADMK manifesto:– Free Laptops with Internet for 10th and 12th std students.– Ban on Jallikattu to be lifted– Maternity assistance of Rs. 18,000. Nine months leave.– 100 units electricity free every two months.– Relief for fisherfolk to be increased to Rs. 5000. Separate scheme for construction of houses for fishermen.– Separate housing for fisherfolk.– Farmers loans to be paid Cooperative banks completely waived off– Rs 40,000 crores of farm loans to be given between 2016 to 2021.– Women to get 50% subsidy to buy mopeds of scooties– Master health check-up and women special check up to be expanded to all districts.– Assures uninterrupted supply of power– Poor people to get Amma Banking Card to avail all government services– 20% land on SME industrial parks will be reserved for SC/ST entrpreneurs.– New granite policy, Lokayukta on the anvil.– All ration card holders to get co-optex coupons worth Rs. 500 for Pongal festival.– 10 lakh houses promised through various housing schemes.– One soverign gold for women ahead of marriages– Free cell phones for all ration card holders.– State govt. employees salary to be revissed as per 7th Pay Commission.– Rs. 1 lakh for temples of local deities.– Aavin to provide milk for Rs. 25 per litre.–Women to be trained in driving vehicles and subsidy provided to buy au-tickshaws.–Old pension scheme for govt. employees to continue.–Housing loans for govt. employees to be raised to Rs. 40 lakh–Education loans of students who are still unemployed to be paid by the govt.– Govt. to reimburse education loan.–Amma banking card to improve financial services. – to get interest-free loans and avail of government schemes.– Free Wi-Fi at public spaces.– Breakfast under nutritious meal scheme.– Guaranteed job to be provided for one person in each family– Ensure Karnataka won’t build a dam across Cauvery– Link all the rivers flowing across TN– Athikadavu-Avinasi scheme to be implemented– New milk cooperative societies to be formed– BPL families to be provided 4 goats for free– The implementation of NEET to be objected to– 200 units free electricity for handloom weavers– No FDI in retail in TN– Free buses rides for senior citizens– Monorail in Chennai, Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore– Chennai Metro routes to be expanded

Another Jallikattu? Animal rights activists urge Maha govt to stop illegal bullock cart races

Animal rights organisation People For Animals (PFA) has urged the Maharashtra government to stop the illegal bullock cart races and bull fights which it claimed are still taking place despite the recent order of the Supreme Court. In a letter dated January 24 to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, PFA said, ” Supreme Court recorded the stand of the State of Maharashtra that bullock cart races have no cultural, historical or religious significance. In the circumstances, bullock cart races in Maharashtra are not permitted under the terms of the MOEF Notification of 7 January 2016.” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month, the Supreme Court stayed the Union Government’s notification which amended the rules to allow Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races elsewhere. Against this backdrop, the letter says that bullock cart races and other such events violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. PFA has received information that bullock cart races or bull fights are still being organised in Maharashtra, says the letter sent by advocate Siddhvidya on behalf of PFA. “The Supreme Court has stated that if the provisions of the Act and the directions are not complied with, disciplinary action is to be taken by the Government against the erring officials,” the letter adds. PFA has also enclosed a list of places where bullock cart races are organised. “We fear that the continuation of the illegality of bullock cart races may not have come to the notice of the administration, hence we have requested the CM to issue instructions to concerned authorities clarifying that such races should be prevented,” advocate Siddhvidya told PTI. PFA has sent a copy of the letter to the Union Minister Maneka Gandhi too.

Supreme Court stay on Jallikattu sparks protests; TN parties demand ordinance

Supporters of the bull taming sport Jalikattu on Tuesday staged protests in Tamil Nadu after Supreme Court stayed the Centre’s notification lifting the ban on it, amidst demands by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and DMK supremo Karunanidhi for an ordinance to hold the event.Meanwhile Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan assured positive action in this regard. Dismayed supporters and organisers of the sport resorted to agitations and road blockades in some parts of the state and downed shutters in various areas, including those in Madurai district, hitting normalcy. Police said the situation in some areas in Madurai district where the sport has largely been held traditionally was tense, but under control. Protests were held in areas including Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniapuram in the district.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In one voice, political leaders of Tamil Nadu demanded an ordinance by the Centre to facilitate holding Jallikattu. Recalling her December’s request last year to promulgate an ordinance to enable holding Jallikattu, Jayalalithaa said, “Considering the urgency of the issue, I strongly reiterate my earlier request to promulgate an ordinance forthwith to enable the conduct of Jallikattu.” “On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu I urge you to take immediate action in this regard,” she told Modi in a letter.People’s sentiments should be respected, she said, adding arrangements had already been made all over the state to hold Jallikattu and circulars sent to district authorities over it. “It is very important that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, who have a deep attachment to the conduct of the traditional event of Jallikattu, are respected,” she said. Echoing her views, DMK chief Karunanidhi said, “All Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have only expressed the opinions reflected in the letter written by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to Prime Minister Modi.””Hence, the Centre, in particular PM Modi, should take immediate steps in this emotional issue of the Tamil Nadu people,” he said. “On behalf of DMK, I urge that an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, be promulgated and help holding Jallikattu sport,” he said. “The court stay is deeply disappointing. The Central government will take appropriate action on this issue after studying the court ruling,” Minister of State for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan told PTI.People want cultural practices to be nurtured, he said, adding he would leave for Delhi tomorrow tentatively. “The issue will be discussed at appropriate official channels,” he said. Later, speaking to reporters, Karunandhi said, “I believe that the Central government will act understanding the feelings of Tamils and not deny what we have sought.” DMK treasurer M K Stalin demanded that the Centre immediately pursue the issue legally, so as to facilitate conduct of the sport in Tamil Nadu.Expressing disappointment on the court stay, DMDK chief and leader of opposition in State Assembly, Vijayakanth sought legal steps to get the stay of Supreme Court vacated, paving the way for holding the bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief E V K S Elangovan sought steps on a war footing through an ordinance to facilitate the bull taming sport.MDMK general secretary and leader of People’s Welfare Front Vaiko said the Central and state governments should take appropriate action to facilitate conducting of Jallikattu. PMK Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss asked the Centre to immediately move the court to get the interim stay removed.”Chief Minister Jayalalithaa should convene an all-party meeting and lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exert pressure and find a permanent solution to the issue,” he said. The Supreme Court had earlier in the day stayed the Centre’s January 7, 2016 notification, lifting the ban on Jallikattu. It had also issued notices returnable in four weeks to Environment Ministry and Tamil Nadu over the issue.Animal rights groups had strongly opposed the notification. The notification lifting the ban was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and a Bangalore-based NGO.The May 2014 ban on holding the sport was lifted on January 8 by the Modi government in poll-bound Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions.

Jayalalithaa to Narendra Modi: Let us conduct Jallikattu

In an apparent last-ditch effort to get the nod for conducting Jallikattu after the Supreme Court stayed a Central notification, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promulgate an ordinance to facilitate holding the traditional sport. Recalling that she had requested Modi on December 22 last year to promulgate an ordinance to enable holding Jallikattu, she said, “Considering the urgency of the issue, I strongly reiterate my earlier request to promulgate an Ordinance forthwith to enable the conduct of Jallikattu.” “On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu I urge you to take immediate action in this regard,” she said in a letter to the Prime Minister. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that sentiments of the people should be respected, Jayalalithaa said arrangements have already been made by organisers all over the state for conducting Jallikattu.After she had requested an ordinance, the Centre issued a notification on January 7 enabling conduct of Jallikattu in different parts of Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal festivities, she said.”On receipt of the notification, circulars were sent to the District Collectors regarding arrangements to be made for the conduct of Jallikattu, strictly in accordance with the conditions and safeguards indicated in the notification. On this basis, arrangements have been made by organisers all over the state for the conduct of Jallikattu,” she said. As the Supreme Court has now granted an interim stay of the notification, Jallikattu cannot be conducted now, Jayalalithaa said. “With the Pongal festivities commencing from January 14, the public in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu have made all arrangements and preparations and are eagerly looking forward to the conduct of Jallikattu as part of the traditional festivities ingrained in the hoary cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu,” she said.”It is very important that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, who have a deep attachment to the conduct of the traditional event of Jallikattu, are respected,” the chief minister said while requesting an ordinance to facilitate the conduct of the sport.

Lawyers, petitioners laud Supreme Court’s stay on ‘Jallikattu’

Lawyers and petitioners, who fought for the quashing of ‘Jallikattu’, on Tuesday expressed happiness over the Supreme Court’s order to stay the Centre’s notification of lifting the ban on the traditional bull-fighting sport of Tamil Nadu.”The SC has issued notice to all state governments and the Centre. We had asked for the notification to be quashed, and the court stayed that notification. So, no bullfight or bullock-cart race will take place now,” lawyer Aparna Bhatt told ANI. Gauri Maulekhi, who was one of the petitioners, along with Sowmya Reddy, Radha Rajan and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said the Centre’s notification was completely faulty on legal and ethical grounds.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are extremely happy, because the notification was completely faulty on legal and ethical grounds. Legally, because there was a comprehensive order by the apex court, which earlier prohibited Jallikattu. Basically, the cruelty in the sport cannot be prevented, which is inherent in the sport itself,” one of the petitioners Gauri Maulekhi told ANI. The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the Centre’s notification, lifting the ban on jallikattu, the traditional bull-fighting sport of Tamil Nadu.Last week, the Centre had lifted the ban on the sport circumventing a Supreme Court ruling of May 2014. The apex court has also issued notices to the Centre, Tamil Nadu and other states, where ‘Jallikattu’ is played. The Centre’s notification that sought to lift the ban on Jallikattu during the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu was challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday.The petitions were filed by Animal Welfare Board of India, (PETA) India and a Bangalore-based NGO. The four-year-old ban on holding of Jallikattu was lifted on January 8 by the Centre with some riders. PETA had last week criticised the Central Government’s decision to permit events such as Jallikattu and bull races in Tamil Nadu.

PETA files petition in Supreme Court, demands notification on Jallikattu be ‘struck down’

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India along with other groups on Monday filed petitions in the Supreme Court demanding that the Centre’s recent notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races be “struck down”.PETA India claimed that a battery of urgent petitions led by the government advisory body Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and two sitting AWBI members as petitioners, and supported by animal protection groups PETA, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Compassion Unlimited plus Action (CUPA), were mentioned before the Chief Justice’s bench of the Supreme Court. PETA India further claimed that along with these, individual petitioners Sowmya Reddy, Radha Rajan and Gauri Maulekhi have also filed their petitions.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”All petitions call for the Environment Ministry notification of January 7, 2016 permitting the use of bulls in events such as jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races elsewhere in the country to be struck down. Urgent listing of these petitions was sought and has been allowed for tomorrow,” the statement said. PETA India said that the Environment Ministry’s notification allowing jallikattu and bull races came despite a Supreme Court judgement which held that the Ministry cannot allow these races and cannot modify the notification dated July 11, 2011 (which banned forcing bulls to perform) without consulting the AWBI.”Terrifying and injuring bulls is abuse, not sport, and this combined with the injuries and deaths of people common at jallikattu events puts a bloody stain on India’s reputation in the eyes of the world. “Laws and SC verdicts need to mean something and we look to the Supreme Court to confirm once again jallikattu and bull races must not be allowed,” said PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. In December 2015, the AWBI advised the Ministry not to go against the Supreme Court judgement.PETA said that the court had also ruled that cruelty is inherent in these events, as bulls are not anatomically suited for such activities and making them participate is subjecting them to unnecessary pain and suffering, so such events were outlawed. “The court also stated that when culture and tradition are at variance with the law enacted by Parliament, the law would take precedence. The January 7, 2016 notification flies in the face of this Supreme Court ruling,” PETA said.In just four years, from 2010 to 2014, approximately 1,100 injuries to humans were reported by the media as a result of cruel and dangerous jallikattu-type events and 17 people died, including a child. PETA India has documented in AWBI authorised inspections that during jallikattu, terrified bulls are often deliberately disoriented by being given substances like alcohol, having their tails twisted and bitten, being stabbed and jabbed by sickles, spears, knives or sticks and being punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground.Three bulls even died during jallikattu events in 2014. During races, bulls are often hit with nail-studded sticks and pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In bullfights, which often occur in Goa, a round ends when one of the bulls manages to flee (or is killed), PETA India said.

Jallikattu controversy: Animal Welfare Groups challenge Centre’s notification in Supreme Court

According to the notification, Jallikattu or bullock cart races shall have to be held with prior approval of district authorities and should be duly monitored by District Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and State Animal Welfare Board or district authorities to ensure that no unnecessary pain or suffering is inflicted or caused during the course of such events.

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The decision to allow Jallikattu days before the traditional harvest festival begins, and also bullock cart races in other parts of the country came through a government notification despite strong objections by animal rights groups.

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Supreme Court ban still in place, Centre allows Jallikattu and bullock cart racing

Speaking on the Centre’s decision, Dalit leader D.Ravikumar, general secretary, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi said, “Centre has discovered a way to bypass SC’s orders to satisfy the aspiration of a section of the people. Why don’t all the political parties who came together to demand lifting the ban on Jallikattu in the name of Tamil culture also do this for larger social issues like common crematoriums?”

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Pathankot terror attack: Nawaz Sharif orders probe on leads given by India

He said the meeting agreed that strong action would be taken after probe against anyone found guilty of involvement in the attack. The official said that the meeting also decided to speed up implementation of National Action Plan.

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US asks Pakistan to conduct thorough probe into Pathankot attack

“This is a situation between India and Pakistan, and we encourage their continued communication and efforts to address these issues,” he said yesterday. Cook also said the US has a very good defence and military-to-military relationship with India. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter had hosted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Pentagon last month.

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Mayawati terms Samajwadi Party’s victory in district panchayat chairman polls as ‘hollow’

The Samajwadi Party had yesterday claimed a massive victory in the district panchayat chairman election. “The party has bagged as many as 60 of the 74 seats”, SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary had said.

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PETA slams Centre’s decision to allow Jallikattu

The animal rights body said that its online petition that was urging the government to keep the ban on jallikattu, bull races and bullfights had been signed by nearly 60,000 people in India alone.

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Jayalalithaa thanks PM Modi for notification allowing Jallikattu

“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for paving the way for holding Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.” She blamed the Congress-led UPA for its 2011 notification bringing bulls in the list that cannot be exhibited or treated as a performing animal.

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Ahead of Tamil Nadu elections, Centre allows bull taming sport jallikattu despite SC ban

The ban on Jallikattu had dampened Pongal festivities in the state, especially in southern districts where it has been a popular event for centuries, and there have been demands for facilitating the event.

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