Ker Governor signs ordinance cutting short temple board tenure

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

With the ordinance being promulgated by the governor, the government on Monday appointed former MLA A Padmakumar the president of the TDB.

Bharatiya Janata Party Kerala president Kummanam Rajasekharan has demanded that the government repeal its decision to dissolve the Travancore Devaswom Board and also the Ordinance forwarded to Governor P. Sathasivam for reducing the board's tenure from three to two years. The order in this regard will be issued very soon. He is at present the Pathanmathitta district secretariat member of the CPM.

The Congress and the BJP had protested the move and wrote to the governor not to sign the ordinance. The Governor gave his approval after devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran met him and assured him Sabarimala pilgrimage preparation will not be affected by the dissolution of the existing Board.

The special cabinet meeting on November 9 chose to bring out the ordinance reducing the term of the board, prompting the Opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP to ask the Governor not to sign the ordinance as it was "politically motivated". The sudden decision to cut short the tenure of the present board was seen as a political decision since the board headed by Prayar Gopalakrishnan was appointed by the previous UDF government.

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