Sena backs protest against ban on bullock cart race

| Updated: Jan 22, 2017 23:20 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan. 22 (ANI): Taking cue from the mounting protests in Tamil Nadu in support of bull-taming sport Jallikattu, the Shiv Sena has decided to back the protest against the ban on bullock cart race in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena MP from South Municipal Corporation, Arvind Sawant told ANI, "The Shiv Sena did not raise the demand now. Our MP had earlier demanded for it. That time Prakash Javadekar was the environment minister. The demand for Jallikattu was done in front of us in the Parliament. Many people have gathered at the Marina beach for Jallikattu. Unfortunately, this does not take place even for our border issue." Asserting that the issue not only adheres to Mumbai but the entire state of Maharashtra, Sawant said the Shiv Sena would support the protest. Bullock cart races were organised during the Pune Festival, which is part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Its supporters claim that the sport has been organised for more than three centuries as a tradition. The Supreme Court had banned the practice of bullock cart races along with Jallikattu in 2014. (ANI)