Can we stop using cars fearing accident: Asks Vaiko about Jallikattu

The MDMK general secretary had a meeting with the Tamil Nadu Governor to discuss the Jallikattu issue

Can we stop using cars fearing accident: Asks Vaiko about Jallikattu

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Friday met Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao at the latter's residence in Chennai to discuss the Jallikattu issue and note ban.

“We discussed many issues in Tamil Nadu, I cannot reveal it all. But, I explained him the Tamil culture and requested him to emphasise on Jallikattu to the PM. The governor will meet the PM on 10th December and he has agreed to notify this issue to the PM," Vaiko said.

"Is it possible for us to stop using cars fearing accident," Vaiko asked reporters later.

He also told the Governor that in Tamil Nadu, bulls are fostered just like children.

On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government  told the Supreme Court that zoos in the country should be shut down, as per the logic of animal cruelty that was cited to ban the bull-taming festival of Jallikattu in the state.

“What about tigers, lions and others animals that are kept in small cages?...Why don’t we close down the zoos because what happens there also amounts to cruelty to animals,” senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, counsel for Tamil Nadu state, asked the court. He said the sport was nothing but a “brief hug of the animal by able-bodied youths”.

The apex court was hearing a petition filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India against a notification issued by the Centre in January allowing the festival, though the apex court had imposed a ban on the sport in 2014.

The two-hour hearing was inconclusive and the court will hear the matter next on Wednesday (December 7). The bull-taming sport is held in January during the festival of Pongal.

Earlier in January, Vaiko had said the credit to the lifting of ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu should go to Union Minister and BJP MP Pon. Radhakrishnan.