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Wednesday, April 17 2024

Heartland of Jallikattu threatens to boycott polling this election

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Alanganallur: Ruling AIADMK government may face a set back in Alanganallur, the capital of traditional bull taming sport of Jallikattu as the angry people here on Thursday threatened to surrender their voter ID cards as a mark of resentment against the ban on the sport.

The people have clearly told the government that they would boycott the upcoming polls if the ban is not lifted.

While the animal activities opposed the controversial sport, calling it cruelty on animals, the governments, including the centre have championed the same. However, the Apex Court put the sport on hold on Tuesday after the union government lifted the ban.

State elections in Tamilnadu is due later this year and all parties are likely to play their cards on Jallikattu trying to champion the cause of the traditional sport because the traditional hotspots of Jallikattu amount to 34 out of 234 seats in the state and the ban or sanction of the sport will have direct impact on the elections.

“If the ban is lifted we will show our gratitude during the election and if the ban continues we will show our anger during the election,” says a resident of Alanganallur.

The sport was not held last year after the erstwhile UPA government banned it when DMK was the alliance partner.

In a volte-face, the DMK this year has demanded lifting the ban on the sport. The BJP, which has no existence in the state too has championed the cause to open avenues to enter the political arena of Tamilnadu.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who, like other politicians, had lobbied heavily for the event to be allowed, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to use an executive order or ordinance to allow the sport to be held. DMK leader M Karunanidhi also issued a similar appeal to the PM.

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