This is called responsive Government in democracy – Swamy
At last, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Uttarakhand decided to withdraw the controversial decision to take over 51 temples in the State including iconic Kedarnath and Badrinath Temples. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Friday decided to take 51 temples out of the administrative ambit of the state’s Devasthanam Board and review the decision to form it.
Talking to reporters here after a meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal, Rawat said the issue of the Devasthanam Board came up for the discussion at his meeting with the seers. “I have decided to take out of the Devasthanam Board’s ambit 51 temples which had been brought under it,” said Rawat, adding the government will also review the decision to form it. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who challenged the temple takeover law welcomed the Chief Minister’s announcement. “This is called responsive Government in democracy,” said Swamy.
So before I could argue the SLP I had filed on the Uttarakhand temple take-over issue the Government has withdrawn the Act and freed 51 temples. This is called responsive government in a democracy.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 9, 2021
The controversial Char Dham Devasthanam Act was passed in 2019 during the tenure of former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. As per the controversial Act, Chief Minister is the Chairman of the Board and run by Chief Executive Officer from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre BJP leader Subramanian Swamy challenged the Act in Uttarakhand High Court.
Though the Court directed to change the provisions of the Act regarding the assets of the temples, Swamy’s petition was rejected. Swamy approached the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision and the matter is pending for listing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi many times attended the meeting of the Char Dham Board virtually. Many BJP leaders termed this controversial takeover of temples as a move to provide infrastructure. But there were widespread protests in the state against the BJP’s government’s move. For the past one year, many pujaris were staging protests in front of the temples against the State Government’s “atrocious” move to take over temples and making IAS officers administrators. Vishwa Hindu Parishad also declared to start statewide protests from May. The previous Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was forced to resign from the post due to widespread allegations about his style of functioning and corruption charges.
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