The pilgrimage priests have expressed their displeasure over the alleged statement of Uttarakhand Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj that the Devasthanam Board is not being reconsidered. On Tuesday, the pilgrim priests of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples burnt his effigy and demanded Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat to sack him from the cabinet.
Will go on indefinite fast from June 21
The Tirtha Purohit of Gangotri has already chalked out the strategy of his agitation to demand dissolution of the Devasthanam Board, in which he will protest by worshiping Ganga with a black band from June 11 and will sit on an indefinite continuous fast from June 21. On the other hand, the priests of Yamunotri temple also burnt the effigy of Maharaj in protest against his statement. Under the leadership of Suresh Uniyal, secretary of Yamuna Temple Committee, priests and villagers strongly criticized his statement by burning the effigy.
Teerth priests are constantly opposing the Devasthanam board
During the tenure of former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the BJP government of the state had formed the Devasthanam Board for the management of 51 major temples located in the state including Char Dham, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, which the pilgrimage priests are continuously opposing. After assuming the post, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had indicated to reconsider in this regard, while talking to all the stakeholders and taking a decision.