Madurai Jallikattu Abandoned Amid Protests


Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was forced to abandon his plan of inaugurating the Jallikattu ceremony in Madurai’s Alanganallur after the locals continued to protest demanding a solution more permanent that yesterday’s Ordinance, which will allow the sport this year.

The villagers are sitting in protest, no bulls are in sight. The state has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court, so in case its ordinance allowing Jallikattu is challenged, the court would hear its views first. The state had passed an ordinance or executive order to get bulls out of the list of animals which cannot be used as performing animals, so the sport, a traditional part of harvest festival Pongal, can be held this year.