Uttarakhand BJP's Walk-Back On Char Dham Board Before Elections
In a U-turn right before the election, the Uttarakhand government has dissolved the Char Dham board which was constituted last year amidst strong protests by Opposition and saints’ bodies. The decision to dissolve the Baord was announced by CM Dhami himself from Dehradun.
The Bill to constitute the Board had been passed in the state’s Vidhan Sabha despite heay opposition. Under the new law, the control of 53 temples including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri (the chaar dhaam circuit) was passed to the government. The CM was made its president and the administration and running of the temples was handed over to government officials.
The decision is being rolled back because of the displaeasure of mahants (saints) and common people. There is a perception that this is a government takeover of rights and wealth of temples that should belong "to the Hindu community". The Congress and AAP opposition has echoed this sentiment.
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