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Jan. 12, 2018, 12:48 p.m. | Asianet News Online
At a time when the High Court has banned conducting cockfights in Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Pithapuram MLA S.V.S.N. Varma actively took part in the cockfight which was conducted during Sankranti Sambaralu. Two white cocks were brought to the venue and handed over to Narasimham and Varma who staged a show amid fanfare.
THE HANS INDIA | Jan 12,2018 , 02:23 AM IST
By Saride Nageswara Rao
MP Thota Narasimham and MLA N V S N Varma before fielding cocks in arean in Pithapuram on Thursday
Pithapuram (East Godavari): In full view of revenue and police officials, unmindful of the high court rulings MP Thota Narasimham and MLA NVSN Varma on Thursday took sides and participated in cockfights on the pretext of it is a part of Sankranti celebrations at the valedictory of the Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru programme held at Rajiv Gandhi Municipal High School here on Thursday.
A huge crowd from neighbouring mandals and villages gathered at the venue. The MP and MLA took one cock each, brought by the party workers, and released them in the arena. The cocks fought as the people cheered on. It happened in full view of the police and revenue authorities.
It may be recalled that the MLA went on record declaring at Uppada that reining in cockfights was impossible. Several eyebrows were raised at organising of cockfight at the state government’s prestigious Janmabhoomi programme.
Later, the people’s representatives took part in the Janmabhoomi programme and distributed tractors among the farmers under the Rythu Ratham programme and went round an exhibition put up by the ICDS. RDO of Kakinada Raghubabu, ZPTC members Barla Appa Rao, Madiki Sanyasi Rao, MPP M Vijayalata, municipal chairman Karanam Chinna Rao and others took part in the valedictory.
Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Pithapuram MLA SVSN Varma took part in a cockfight at Pithapuram town.
TNM Staff | The NEWS Minute
Friday, January 12, 2018 – 09:10
Defying orders of the Hyderabad High Court on conducting cockfights, two politicians in Andhra Pradesh participated in the blood sport in East Godavari’s Pithapuram town on Thursday.
Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Pithapuram MLA SVSN Varma, both leaders of the TDP, took part in a cockfight as part of the Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru programme in the town.
According to reports, the organisers conducted various events, following which two white cocks were brought to the venue and handed over the two TDP leaders.
The two of them set the birds on each other, much to the amusement of a large crowd that had gathered at the venue. Media reports suggest that this was done in full view of police and revenue officials.
Last week, the MLA had spoken in favour of cockfights, saying, “When these animals indulge in fights we can’t stop them.”
He also stated that the SC order would not withstand in the state, and the fights would not be stopped.
All this, despite AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s stern warning to party men against participating in the cockfights held during Sankranti.
The CM warned that those involved in the gambling sport and bring disrepute to the party wouldn’t be given a party ticket in the coming general elections.
Last week, the Hyderabad High Court pulled up the Andhra Pradesh government and directed it to ensure that no cockfights are held in the state.
The HC asked the state to follow the Supreme Court’s directions and constitute a joint Inspection team to prevent cockfights, while also directing West Godavari’s Superintendent of Police and District Collector to personally monitor the situation on the ground.
The sport, is a ‘tradition’ for many people living in rural areas of coastal Andhra, and extensive betting is also done, with several crore rupees exchanging hands every year.
The fight is usually between two birds, specially bred for the purpose, with the match ending when one bird dies or is fatally injured. In many cases, three to four-inch knives are attached to the cocks’ legs, making the fight bloodier, as hundreds gather to watch.
Cockfighting is banned under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960, and the Andhra Pradesh Gaming Act, 1974.
Special Correspondent | THE HINDU
PITHAPURAM (East Godavari), January 11, 2018 23:43 IST
Updated: January 11, 2018 23:43 IST
Event part of valedictory of Janmabhoomi programme
At a time when a controversy is raging over conducting cockfights in coastal A.P., two people’s representatives participated in the bloodsport at Pithapuram on Thursday.
Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Pithapuram MLA S.V.S.N. Varma actively took part in the cockfight which was conducted during “Sankranti Sambaralu” as part of the valedictory of the Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru programme arranged at the municipal high school grounds.
The organisers conducted various events, including rangoli, bonfire, and gangireddulu.
At the end, two white cocks were brought to the venue and handed over to Mr. Narasimham and Mr. Varma who staged a show amid fanfare for more than half an hour. One of the officials who organised the event said that as no daggers were fitted to the birds, it would not attract action.
Moreover, he said its is part of the culture of the Godavari districts.
Ashish Pandey | Hyderabad | INDIA TODAY
January 13, 2018
UPDATED 15:44 IST
- A three-day long Makar Sankranti festival has started in Andhra Pradesh.
- The festival celebrates the good harvest and is the biggest festival here
- Cockfighting has been prevalent in Andhra Pradesh during the harvest festival where betting and gambling takes place
A three-day long Makar Sankranti festival has started in Andhra Pradesh. The festival celebrates the good harvest and is the biggest festival here and hence the enthusiasm ought to be high.
However, over the past several years, the festival has garnered attention and has been criticised by animal rights activists for it involves bull race, bullfights as well as cockfights. The animal right activist sees the fight which is termed as a ritual by its promoter a cruelty to the bird as Rosters gets a sharp blade tied during the fight which ends into the death of the opposition bird while injuring other.
Cockfighting has been prevalent in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh during the harvest festival where betting and gambling takes place of worth more than ₹500 crore.
On December 26, 2016, the High Court at Hyderabad dismissed the practice of cockfighting in the districts of Andhra Pradesh and asked the District Collectors and Superintendent of Police to ensure no such events takes place hereinafter.
Controversy erupted when the Kakinada MP of ruling Party along with MLAs participated in the cockfight event claiming that it’s their culture.
Speaking to India Today N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of Humane Society International/India said, ‘’ in 2016, the High Court explicitly issued directives to the Government of AP to ensure cockfights are prevented. However, cockfights continue unabated, reportedly under the patronage of elected public representatives, whilst the state law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye to this lawlessness. We urge them once again to ensure that the orders of the Hon’ble High Court are followed’’.
Meanwhile, sources also say that a whopping 1000 crore is on the table during this festival as betting goes side by side during the cockfight event where thousands gather to try their luck.
Earlier this month the Hyderabad high court issued notices to all the Tahsildar and SHOs of the state seeking cause of their failure to prevent the cockfight in 2017.
Kakinada (formerly called Coconada and Kakinandiwada) is a city and the district headquarters of East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the fourteen municipal corporations in the state and is the headquarters of Kakinada (urban) mandal in Kakinada revenue division. The city is often termed as Pensioner’s paradise.
The city was selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship, Smart Cities Mission.
Pithapuram or Peetha Puram is a town and a municipality in East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town also forms a part of Godavari Urban Development Authority. The temple town is one of fifty five Sakti Peethas.
Sripada Sri Vallabha (Sanskrit: श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ) was an incarnation of Lord Dattaatreya who lived in Pithapuram. He is considered one of the first complete avatars (incarnations) of the deity Dattaatreya in Kali Yuga.