R Venkatesh (31), who is also a jallikattu enthusiast like the Minister, used to arrange the event in Viralimalai which has set record during 2019 where as many as 1,353 bulls and 424 tamers participated. The decision to postpone the event this year was taken after a brief meeting in Viralimalai in Pudukkottai late on Sunday.
It is said that Venkatesh was almost like a shadow of Minister Vijaya Baskar. In addition to being his PA, Venkatesh was also the district president of AIADMK’s IT wing and he was also handling the social media accounts of Vijaya Baskar whose updates were very famous in and around the state.
Attributing the success of 2019 edition of jallikattu to Venkatesh, Sivarajan, one of the supporters of Vijaya Baskar from Illuppur said, “It was possible only through the young and energetic PA Venkatesh, who took care of the entire event and made it successful.”
Venkatesh was in-charge of organising the mega jallikattu this year too and the team led by him planned for a bigger event on January 19. Despite preparations were started well in advance, the works were put on hold as there was the local body polls. Venkatesh’s mother R Indira Ammal contested for the Parambur panchayat president’s post and won with a remarkable margin.
Meanwhile, when the works for the jallikattu was to commence on Monday, Venkatesh met with an accident and died on the spot on Sunday after sending off Minister Vijaya Baskar to Chennai. A shocked Vijaya Baskar rushed back to Pudukkottai.