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Pre-empting the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam scoring political mileage with its hunger strike proposed at Alanganallur near here next week pressing for lifting the ban on jallikattu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadre on Monday joined residents of Palamedu in a mass prayer seeking divine intervention for conduct of the sport during the Pongal festival .
The town panchayats of Palamedu and Alanganallur passed identical resolutions in the presence of AIADMK rural district secretary and Madurai Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa, thanking Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for the continuous efforts taken by her towards lifting the ban on the traditional sport.
Palamedu was bustling with activity with the sudden arrival of scores of ruling party cadre who joined the local people in ‘Ko puja’ and ‘yaga’ performed at the vadivasal where the traditional sport has been conducted for decades. Few jallikattu bulls were brought for the special puja.
Secretary of Palamedu Grama Pothu Mahalingasamy Madam Committee P. Karthigairajan said that the failure to conduct jallikattu in January 2015 following the ban on the sport by the Supreme Court had brought bad omen to the districts of Madurai and Theni.
“Almost all the districts in Tamil Nadu, except Madurai and Theni, have been witnessing floods. These districts are still not getting adequate rainfall and tanks are dry only because of non-conduct of the sport,” he said. The village economy had been badly affected due to this, he complained.
Stating that many of the bull farmers were forced to sell their animals after the ban on jallikattu, he said, “If Chief Minister Jayalalaithaa took the right step, permission to hold the sport could be obtained,” Mr. Karthigairajan said.
The resolution passed by the town panchayats praised the Chief Minister for her legal battle that retrieved the rights of Tamil Nadu in Cauvery and Mullaperiyar river water issues. It also thanked the Chief Minister for appealing in the Apex Court seeking removal of the ban on jallikattu. She also asked her party MPs to raise the issue in Parliament and also took it up with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, when he called on her in Chennai on August 11, the resolution said and condemned the DMK for “playing politics with jallikattu.”
DMK State treasurer M.K. Stalin had recently announced that he would lead a day-long hunger strike on December 28 in Alanganallur, where the world-renowned bull-taming event is held every year coinciding with the Pongal festival.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss had recently appealed to the State government to mount pressure on the Centre to promulgate an ordinance that would enable lifting of ban on jallikattu.
From: The Hindu