The Supreme Court today conditionally lifted the ban of bullock cart races in Maharashtra. The traditional race was banned by the Bombay High Court in the year 2017. The decision was challenged in the Supreme Court and today relief was granted.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has welcomed the decision. He said that the decision has won the hearts of the number of farmers who are taking care of their livestock. The Chief Minister has also congratulated the animal lovers who have fought hard till the end for this race which preserves the state’s culture and traditions.
In his message, CM Thackeray said that bullock cart race is a tradition that has been going on for a long time in Maharashtra. He added that livestock also has a place in our culture and their conservation is also considered an inseparable part of culture and tradition of rural Maharashtra. He stated that all these things were encouraged by the bull race.
CM also stated that it took a long and hard fight to get permission to resume the races. He added that farmer community’s love for their livestock was also paved its way to restart the event. CM Thackeray stated that it is a well-known fact that our farmers take care of their livestock like their own babies, whether they are racing or not. He said that now as the races will start, everyone can see the glory of the state’s folklore and livestock.
The Chief Minister has also appealed that the rules laid down in this regard should be strictly followed. Meanwhile, rural Maharashtra has welcomed the decision and people are celebrating with cheers.