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Uttarakhand Government Scraps Chardham Devasthanam Board

The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday decided to scrap the Chardham Devasthanam Board. “After studying all aspects of the issue, we have decided to withdraw the Chardham Devasthanam Board Act,” Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said.

Chardham priests had been demanding scrapping of the board ever since its creation in 2019, saying it was an infringement of their traditional rights over the temples.

A high-level committee constituted by Dhami to look into the Devasthanam Board issue had submitted its recommendations to the chief minister in Rishikesh on Sunday.

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On November 1, ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Kedarnath, angry priests protested against TS Rawat and virtually drove him out of the shrine. This had sent shockwaves and senior state leaders including the CM were called to Delhi to discuss the matter.

CM Dhami, state BJP president Madan Kaushik and other leaders travelled to Delhi to discuss the matter with the party leadership.

State leaders met the national BJP president JP Nadda, chief BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni to find a way out.

(With inputs from PTI)

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