Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses at the Jallikattu event in Madurai:
I am happy to see that Jallikattu is being organised in a systematic and safe way
I have specifically come here because I think Tamil culture, Tamil language, Tamil history are essential for the future of India and need to be respected by everybody in India
I have come here to give a message to those people who think they can push aside Tamil language and culture
I have received tremendous love and affection from the people of Tamil Nadu and it is my duty to stand with the people of Tamil Nadu and protect their history and culture
I have come here also to learn about your culture, about your feelings, about your history.
I would like to wish everybody a Happy Pongal.
Best wishes to everybody and I’d like to congratulate all the youngsters here