DMK was in power during jallikattu ban says BJP
Chennai: An auspicious day in the temples of Lord Siva, during which devotees would go around Nandi - the sacred bull. Interestingly, political leaders in the State today metaphorically went around the bull, or to be precise, jallikattu, as they spoke vociferously for the revival of the traditional sport. Sinking their political differences, several parties in the State have come together to demand the rollback of a ban on jallikattu.
The likes of the BJP, DMK, Congress, TMC and DMDK have been urging steps be taken to ensure the ban is lifted and this Pongal, jallikattu is allowed to be staged in the southern parts of Tamilnadu.
TN State unit president of the BJP, Tamilisai Soundararajan, said, "The ban on traditional sport of jallikattu and rekla was imposed when the DMK was a part of the Central government. Ignoring this fact, party treasurer M K Stalin was trying to gain political mileage by participating in a fast demanding revocation of the ban."
She said, "Our party will ensure that the Centre takes all efforts on the legal front to revoke the ban on jallikattu. Since the matter is pending in the Supreme Court, the issue has to be dealt with carefully." She said, "However, we will ensure that the traditional sport of Tamils will be staged without any hindrance this year."
She also recalled the statements of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar that the Centre would consider taking steps, including amending laws, to allow jallikattu in Tamilnadu.
The ban had dampened Pongal festivities in the State last year, especially in Madurai and its adjoining areas, where it has been a popular event for centuries. Stalin last week urged the Central and State government to remove the ban and said he would lead a protest unless they took steps to enable the bull-taming sport to be held during the Pongal festive season in January.
"If the Centre doesn't take steps for removing the ban and hold jallikattu during the coming Pongal festival, I will myself lead a struggle against this," he said in a Facebook post. On his part, DMDK chief Vijayakanth and MDMK general secretary Vaiko have also urged the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure jallikattu is staged this year.