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DMK asks TN to take cue from Kerala on priests appointment

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

working president today urged the to appoint duly trained persons irrespective of their caste as priests in temples emulating the example of

Days after the neighbouring state recommended appointment of 36 non-Brahmins as temple priests, Stalin said " should learn progressive lessons," from its counterpart.

Stalin, the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, traced the decades old efforts of his party to appoint persons from all castes as priests in temples.

Such efforts culminated in enactment of a during his party's previous regime in 2006, he said in a statement.

The Supreme had in 2015 upheld the as valid after some people approached it challenging the move to appoint persons from all castes as priests, added.

Accusing the regime of not implementing the due to "vendettta as it was brought by DMK," he said a basic feature of human rights enjoined equality for all persons irrespective of their caste.

"Appointing all those who have completed training in Agamas (temple rituals) is social justice," he said and urged the state to implement it immediately.

He said would resort to agitations if trained persons belonging to all castes were not appointed as priests.

The Devaswom Recruitment Board had last week recommended appointment of 36 non-Brahmins, including six Dalits, as priests in temples being managed by the Travancore Devaswom Board.

It was the first time six people from the scheduled caste community have been recommended for the appointment as priests.

The TDB manages at least 1,248 shrines, including the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

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First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 15:57 IST