Karnataka legislature to debate on Kambala today

Law minister TB Jayachandra said, "In another two or three days, it will come to a final shape and we will be placing it. It is only a Bill. The Central government has to agree to it."

Karnataka legislature to debate on Kambala today

The Karnataka state legislature starts today and it is expected that it will be a smooth sailing for the state government that wants to pass amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 1960, with the Opposition clearly in the mood to support them wholeheartedly to bring back the buffalo-racing sport, Kambala.

And the chief minister's first challenge is making sure people say it right. Asked about the issue on Tuesday, NDTV reported that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters, "Please properly pronounce it. It is Kambala."


A traditional sport in which water buffaloes are made to race down a track filled with mud and water, Kambala came under the Supreme Court's ban for the same reason as Jallikattu -- cruelty to the animals involved.

Law minister TB Jayachandra said, "In another two or three days, it will come to a final shape and we will be placing it. It is only a Bill. The Central government has to agree to it."

"We will support the government on this," said Jagadish Shettar of the BJP, who is also the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.

The Karnataka High Court, which had banned the event, is waiting to see what the Supreme Court has to say on the issue. Animal welfare groups have approached the Supreme Court against the lifting of the ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.