CHENNAI: With pressure mounting from all corners on the BJP-led government at the Centre to conduct Jallikattu during the Pongal festival, party veteran L Ganesan on Tuesday came up with a novel idea to hold the traditional sport.
“The Tamil Nadu government should announce that from this year, "Yeru Thazhuvuthal" (embracing the bull) will be conducted in the State. Technically, this is different from Jallikattu,” Ganesan told media persons, adding “there is nothing wrong in doing good things using the loopholes in the law.”
Earlier on Saturday, The Bharatiya Janata Party appeared to suggest to the Supreme Court that it needed to be aware of the cultural significance of the festival of Jallikattu, and not question the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the bull taming festival.
“Worship of bull has been mentioned in Mahabharata period. We worship bulls. Since the bovine is used for agriculture, hence the Jallikattu is like a thanks giving ceremony for them. People sitting in the Supreme Court don’t know what Jallikattu is, but are making statements which are completely irrelevant,” said BJP leader H.Raja.