Just a few days after the central government issued a notice to conduct Jallikattu in the state, the Supreme Court on Tuesday banned it again. The Jallikattu (bull-taming festival) would not be celebrated in Tamil Nadu this year.
The court, today after hearing a bunch of petitions against the government’s order, the apex court stayed the Centre’s notification allowing Jallikattu.
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) had also filed a petition in the Supreme Court against conducting Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has welcomed the decision of the central government to lift ban on the Jallikattu festival. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘prompt response’ to her government’s appeal for allowing the sport.
In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Jayalalitha said, “I am very grateful to you for your prompt response in the matter, which has enabled the conduct of Jallikattu.”
The petitions were filed by Aniwal Welfare Board and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) India had also filed a plea in the Supreme Court, demanding that the Centre’s recent notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races be “struck down”.
The soon order of ban came from Supreme Court, protests broke out in Tamilnadu against the ban. With the previous notification from the government in favour of Jallikkattu, arrangements were made to celebrate the sport. However, this decision from court pushed everyone in disappointment.
BJP head in Tamil Nadu, Thamizhisai Soundararajan said that the government will try its best to conduct Jallikattu this year through legal proceedings. Only 2 days left for Pongal, the day Jallikattu begins.