Tamil Nadu: Jallikattu begins in some villages, protests continue for permanent solution
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam was not allowed to travel to Alanganallur to flag off Jallikattu
A day after Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao approved an ordinance allowing Jallikattu, the traditional bull-taming sport began in parts of Tamil Nadu today, while protests continues in several places, demanding a permanent solution.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was not allowed to inaugurate Jallikattu ceremony in Madurai's Alanganallur due to protests and the chief minister is likely to attend a similar function in neighbouring Dindigul district.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam was not allowed to travel to Alanganallur to flag off Jallikattu. All 7 roads to the village were blocked, reports said.
Two days after the Centre and the state government together cleared ways to hold the sport despite a Supreme Court ban imposed in 2014, arrangements were made at various places in Madurai to hold the event.
The clearance of the ordinance to hold Jallikattu marked a historic win of the people of Tamil Nadu who doggedly protested across the state against the ban by the apex court, moved by a clutch of petitions by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Protests by villagers squatting near the vaadivasal in Allanganalur bore fruit when the jallikattu scheduled for Sunday morning, stood cancelled. Although no official announcement was forthcoming, the event did not look to be proceeding as no bulls had been brought there for the jallikattu.
People stage demonstration against PETA at Natham Kovilpatti, where the TN government plans to organise Jallikattu. The CM also planned to inaugurate Jallikattu here because of agitations in Alanganallur. But his programme was cancelled here also.
Meanwhile, Jallikattu has reportedly started in several places across the state, including Tiruchirappalli district.
The state government also filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in order to defend its ordinance.
“We have filed the caveat in the Supreme Court yesterday asking for the state government to be heard in case anyone challenges the ordinance allowing Jallikattu,” TN government’s standing counsel Yogesh Kanna was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.