Jan 8: The Centre on Friday gave nod to the popular yet controversial bull-taming sport, Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. The Centre’s approval comes amidst of strong protest from animal right activists. The animal sport is an integral part of Pongal festivities which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.Also Read - Maharashtra, Karnataka, 4 Others Among 'States of Concern', Centre Rushes Teams To Review Situation

Bull-fight was banned after demands from right groups on animal cruelty and human death caused by it. Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan tweeted about the Centre’s decision to allow Jallikattu. (Also Read: DMK flays Jayalalithaa over ‘Jallikattu’; urges Centre to allow it) Also Read - Rajnath Singh Writes to Bengal, Tamil Nadu CMs Over Exclusion of Tableaux From Republic Day Parade

Meanwhile, sources in the Animal Welfare Board of India confirmed that they will immediately challenge its order. Hinduatn Times quoted one the top officials saying, “We are hoping to make a mention today itself before the court. We anticipated this. We are surprised that the Centre is ready to diminish the stature of a Supreme Court order so brazenly.” Also Read - First in India! Tamil Nadu Couple to Host Harry Potter-Themed Wedding Reception in Metaverse | Watch

Union minister of state for roadways Pon Radhakrishnan told AN, “Prakash Javdekar called me now to give good news that arrangements to conduct allikattu in TN has been made. Thank our PM for facilitating this to happen. I thank everyone who supported Jallikattu.”

The sport is traditionally held during the four-day Pongal festival celebrated in mid-January in the state.