Kerala: Governor signs Travancore Devaswom Board ordinance
Kerala Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam on Tuesday signed the ordinance issued by the State Government reducing the tenure of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) from three years to two years.
Kerala Government moved an ordinance in view of corruption in the board. However, BJP alleged that the decision to issue an ordinance smacks of conspiracy.
The special cabinet meeting on November 9 decided to bring out the ordinance reducing the term of the board, prompting the Opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP to ask the Governor not to sign the ordinance as it was 'politically motivated'.
Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, in his letter to the Governor, Chennithala cited there wasn't any corruption allegation or other valid reason for dismissing the board.
The Travancore Devaswom Board manages about 1,248 temples in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, including Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.