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Opposition blocks Kamakhya bill

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

BY Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Feb 1: The Opposition today prevented the State government from placing the Assam Sri Sri Maa Kamakhya Devalaya Magement Bill, contending that the Bordeuri Samaj, which is at the helm of affairs of the revered shrine, was not consulted before drafting the law.

As soon as the government sought leave from the House to introduce the bill, AGP legislature party leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury raised an alarm, saying hurry in passing the bill could lead to a confrontation later.

"The Bordeuri Samaj has certain objections to the bill. The government should not force itself. Rather it should discuss the issue with the Samaj. The bill should not meet the same fate as the Cotton College University Bill which was mired in controversy," Choudhury said.

The BJP also supported Choudhury.

Minister Rakibul Hussain conceded and said the government will bring the bill in the next session after discussing it with the Bordeuri Samaj.

Through the bill, the State government intends to constitute a board for the magement of the temple. The board, to be headed by a serving or retired IAS officer of the rank of commissioner & secretary, will have members, including those nomited by the government and representatives from the Bordeuri Samaj, district administration and State Revenue and Fince departments.

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