Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who has always opposed allowing the popular bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’, on Tuesday said people should respect the ban on the sport by the Supreme Court.
"Most of them are against the sport (Jallikattu). The question is, it is not for me to say, it is not for BJP to say, it is not for anybody to say. The Supreme Court has ruled and we must, in this country, listen to the apex court," she told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Though the Centre in January this year lifted the ban on Jallikattu, the apex court has stayed the notification.
The Union Women and Child Development Minister has always advocated a ban on the sport. Gandhi-led People For Animals (PFA) had strongly condemned the lifting of ban on Jallikattu, saying it was against the ideology of the BJP-led government which believes in saving cows.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State Pon Radhakrishnan said he disagreed with Gandhi’s views over Jallikattu and asserted that attempts were on to celebrate 2017 Pongal with the traditional sport.
"I do not agree with her view…there is danger even in cricket and kabbadi sport. We are trying to celebrate the 2017 Pongal along with the jallikattu sport," he told reporters in Kanyakumari when asked about Gandhi’s reported remarks against Jallikattu on Monday.