With the Supreme Court on Wednesday refusing to vacate the stay it issued on jallikattu on Tuesday, it has become even more certain that the bull-taming sport will not happen, but the political blame game has now become significant. Both the BJP-led union government and AIADMK-led state government are now pointing fingers at each other to see who can pass an ordinance bypassing the SC verdict to allow jallikattu.
Speaking to Thanthi TV, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the matter is still under the consideration of the Supreme Court (only an interim stay has been given, not final orders). In the meantime, she says that the state government can promulgate an ordinance since this issue comes under â€śentry 38 of the state listâ€ť. It is not clear as to how this entry 38 in the state list is linked to the issue and how the state can promulgate an ordinance on an issue thatâ€™s sub-judice when the centre cannot.
Just yesterday, TN CM Jayalalithaa had written to PM Narendra Modi reiterating her demand for an ordinance to be promulgated by the union government to bypass the SC verdict of 2014. â€śIt is very important that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, who have a deep attachment to the conduct of the traditional event of Jallikattu are respected,â€ťwrote Jayalalithaa.
Pro-jallikattu activists however say that both the state and union government can pass an ordinance. â€śBoth the state and the centre have the powers, but the state will have to send its ordinance amending the law for presidential assent,â€ť says Balakumar Somu, a jallikattu supporter.
The political blame game had started weeks earlier when state Congress chief EVKS Elangovan had asked Union Minister and BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan to resign if the centre could not deliver on jallikattu.