Gov­er­nor’s thank­ful in­ter­ven­tion

The Free Press Journal - - EDIT -

Close on the heels of tak­ing over of the Gu­ru­vayur Sree Parthasarathy tem­ple, re­cently which was protested ve­he­mently by the Hindu Aikyavedi and devo­tees, Com­mu­nist Cab­i­net headed by Pi­narayi Vi­jayan ap­proved and hastily for­warded an Or­di­nance to cut short the term of Tra­van­core De­was­wom Board from three to two years, that too when there was one day left for the com­ple­tion of two years of the Board chaired by Pra­yar Gopalakr­ish­nan. This was done with sin­is­ter mo­tive of oust­ing the in­cum­bent De­was­wom Chair who is an­tag­o­nis­tic to the Marx­ist Com­mu­nists per se. By short­en­ing the term of De­was­wom, which is un­prece­dented in my liv­ing mem­ory, not only it would have ousted Pra­yar Gopalakr­ish­nan in­di­rectly but also cre­ated stale­mate. It is well known that the De­was­wom Board ear­lier filed an af­fi­davit tak­ing a firm stand against women of all ages to en­ter Sabari­mala, op­pos­ing LDF Govt stand of favour­ing ad­mis­sion to women in gen­eral. The stand of LDF is con­trary to pop­u­lar will. There is, there­fore, ap­par­ent dis­com­fi­ture for the De­was­wom Mantri Kadakam­pally who is also a Marx­ist Com­mu­nist and against the present De­was­wom Board chief. It is the grace of the Gov­er­nor P Satha­si­vam who was also the ear­lier Chief Jus­tice of In­dia to have re­turned the or­di­nance ask­ing for the ur­gency and ex­pe­di­ent rea­son for rush­ing with the or­di­nance which was op­posed by ear­lier Home Min­is­ter and present leader of UDF in Assem­bly Ramesh Chen­nithala and BJP chief Kum­manam. I am de­lighted at the out­come and feel elated at the Gov­er­nor’s timely in­ter­ven­tion. Hope bet­ter coun­sel pre­vail.

— S Bala­sun­dar

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