Amid the raging protests over Jallikattu in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, organisers of 'Kambala' (buffalo race) in Karnataka decided to hold the traditional sport in Mangaluru on January 28 in violation of court orders restraining the same.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress has announced to hold protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday in support of Kambala at 11.30 am.
To press for removal of curbs on Kambala, about 50,000 people along with about 250 pairs of buffaloes are expected to gather at a protest meeting to be held at Swaraj Maidan in Moodbidri.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said his government was in favour of holding it and asked the Centre to take a favourable stand as it did for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
Jan 25, 2017 10:55 am (IST)
Law Minister T B Jayachandra on Kambala:
- The central Government and state government are having a say, so we want to bring a law of our own and we are thinking about it, since the Assembly is meeting on 6 February. By that time we will positively decide to bring a law in the Assembly.
- Central Govt has to support because this comes under concurrent list, and state has not taken any steps because of active involvement of animal supporters, we are trying to manage
- Now the court has given a stay order and in the light of how GOI came to the rescue of TN, we are bound to get justice
Jan 25, 2017 10:46 am (IST)
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Kambala:
- As far as Kambala is concerned our local MP have given a memorandum to me. I'll have to examine the matter
- As far as I understand there is a stay by the Karnataka High Court on the Kambala event because of Jallikattu decision by the Supreme Court
- GOI always respects the local traditions of the states be it in TN or be it Karnataka
- I would appreciate if the Honorable CM takes the same initiative on behalf of the Govt to get the stay vacated by the Karnataka High Court and also take similar initiative as the Tamil Nadu Govt has taken
- We are fully cooperative and I wish to state very clearly that the primary initiative needs to be taken by the Karnataka Govt
Jan 25, 2017 10:42 am (IST)
CM Siddaramaiah has said Kambala is Karnataka's heritage and involves no cruelty to the animals and they want to bring it back.
- The state government is planning to bring an ordinance to lift ban on Buffalo Races known as Kambala
- It's a traditional game and the Govt supports it
Jan 25, 2017 10:39 am (IST)
Karnataka Vedike group to gherao governor's house at 10:30 am in support of Kambala
Jan 25, 2017 10:23 am (IST)
Congress to hold protest in Bangalore in support of Kambala today at 11.30 AM
Jan 25, 2017 10:21 am (IST)
The Karnataka High Court in an interim order, in November 2016, had stayed holding of Kambala on a petition by PETA
Jan 25, 2017 10:21 am (IST)
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddarmaiah pitched for the traditional annual buffalo race, saying that the government will bring ordinance to lift the ban if necessary
Jan 25, 2017 10:18 am (IST)
Kambala is a traditional annual buffalo race conducted in marshy fields in coastal districts ok Karnataka
A man races a pair of buffaloes as he participates in Kambala, an annual buffalo race conducted to mark the end of the harvest season at Surathkal town on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Mangalore (Reuters)
Kambala is a traditional annual buffalo race conducted in marshy fields in coastal districts.