Central govt taking all steps to conduct Jallikattu: Tamilisai

Bharatiya Janata Party state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan has said Jallikattu will sure take place during Pongal next year, as the central government is taking all steps towards it.

BJP national secretary H Raja has expressed happiness over the dismissal of a petition filed on Jallikattu by the Supreme Court and said now the government will remove the bull from the exhibition to make it legal.

“I am happy that the issue has been brought out the way of the court by the way of a dismissal. So now, the government is free to bring its legislation by which we will remove the bull from the exhibiting animal list to make it legal,” Raja said.

In a blow to the farmers community in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a review petition filed by the State to review a 2014 apex court judgment banning Jallikattu.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman said the very act of “taming a bull” to perform in an event runs counter to the concept of welfare of the animal, which is the basic foundation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.

“There is a direct collision between the two enactments in as much as one stands for the welfare of animals (1960 Act) and the other (2009 Tamil Nadu law) makes bulls a participant in an event meant for the inferior pleasure of man,” the apex court said.