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Miffed by ban on tusker, jumbo owners to boycott Thrissur Pooram

A meeting of the Kerala Elephant Owners Federation has decided not to lease out elephants for any festivities from Saturday, a day before the official start of the 36-hour-long Thrissur Pooram.

Published: 08th May 2019 05:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2019 05:33 PM   |  A+A-

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The Thrissur Pooram had its origin in 1798 through a royal edict of'Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Shakthan Thampuran, a powerful ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Cochin. The edict entrusted two local temples ' Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady '

By Express News Service

THRISSUR: Irked by a ban on the jumbo Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran from Thrissur Pooram, the Kerala Elephant Owners Federation has decided to withdraw all elephants from the festival, leaving it in a state of uncertainty. 

A meeting of the federation held in Thrissur has decided not to lease out elephants for any festivities from Saturday, a day before the official start of the 36-hour-long Thrissur Pooram.   

The meeting registered a protest against the stance of the Forest Department, saying it unilaterally backed out from the decisions taken at a meeting held in the presence of the agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar, forest minister K Raju and MLA K B Ganeshkumar in the first week of April. 

The meeting also demanded the withdrawal of the ban imposed on Thechikottukavu Ramachandran.

The federation's general secretary P Sasikumar said there is a concerted move to phase out elephant parades in the festival programmes of temples, churches and mosques in the name of enforcing registration for the elephants. 

Mangalamkunnu Parameswaran, P S Jayagopal, Rajesh Pallattu, Balachandramenon, P S Raveendrannair, Chirakkal Madhu and K Mahesh were among the other office bearers who took part in the meeting.

Commenting on the development, agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar said the jumbo owners' decision was very unfortunate.

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