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Pune | Supreme Court lifts ban on bullock cart races in Maharashtra

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Pune : deccan express   –  The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday allowed holding of bullock cart races in Maharashtra on the basis of the amendments made to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the rules made under it. The path for bullock cart races has been cleared after almost seven years. (Supreme Court)

Reacting to the decision, State Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said, “Farmers were upset over the ban on bullock cart races in the State. Finally, the SC has allowed organisation of bullock cart races in the State. Today, I feel happy for farmers.”

He requested farmers to follow the rules as per the SC order and organise bullock cart races in the State.”

Former Member of Parliament (MP) from Shirur expressed his happiness. He said, “I still do not believe that the SC has permitted bullock cart races in Maharashtra. We waited for this decision for the past seven years. The state government presented its strong side strongly in the SC. Arguments went on for two hours. State legal counsel referred to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu examples while seeking permission for bullock cart races. The SC has made a good decision.”

In Maharashtra, bullock cart races are an ancient tradition. It is a sentimental issue for the farmer community. Therefore, farmers were demanding resumption of bullock cart races in the State. However, animal activists were opposing them.

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