Finally on Friday, the Centre cleared the Tamil Nadu government’s ordinance to hold Jallikattu. The State government had proposed the Centre to issue an ordinance to allow the bull-taming sport.
A senior Home Ministry official said as the matter falls in the Concurrent list of the Constitution, it was mandatory to get Centre’s approval. The State submitted the draft which the Home Ministry sent to the Environment and Law Ministries for their response. The Environment Ministry on Friday sent its reply and the Home Ministry gave its nod.
The official said, “The ordinance has been cleared by the Home Ministry and the State government can promulgate it by introducing it either as a Bill in the Assembly or the State Cabinet can clear it. It doesn’t have to go to the President of India for his assent since his powers are vested with the Home Ministry.”
Madurai district collector K Veera Raghava Rao on Friday inspected the Alanganallur site where the preparation for Jallikattu is going on. Rao said the administration was ready to act as per the government’s instruction.
The Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam said he would personally inaugurate the event. He told the media, “Jallikattu will happen in the state for sure. I am happy to state that the `vaadivasal` (the gateway to the jallikattu venue) will let the roaring bulls run in line with the aspirations of students and youths.”
The Environment Minister Anil Dave told the reporters that the Centre wanted a permanent solution to the problem and a final decision would be taken in a day or two.
46 AIADMK parliamentarians on Friday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh. They submitted a memorandum stating that the ban on the game was against the religious, fundamental and cultural rights of the Tamil Nadu people, especially when the TN people treat the bulls and cows as their family members.
AIADMK MP M Thambidurai stated the Mr. Singh assured them the file will process as early as possible. Mr. Singh stated the Home Ministry has received the proposal from the TN government and the proposal is under consideration. “I am sure within the shortest time we will be able to reach the final decision….”
Mr. Singh criticized the UPA government
Rajnath Singh criticised the former UPA government for including bulls in the list of animals prohibited from being exhibited or trained as performing animals in 2011.
The Home Minister said, “Nothing would have happened if in 2011 somebody had not put the name of bulls in the list of performing animals. We would not have been sitting here. It all started in 2011. That created the whole problem. Those who are asking xyz questions, they should know where they were at different moments.”
On Friday, the Tamil Nadu CM said that the State government will amend a Central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to allow the sport and requested the environment ministry to de-list bulls from the list.