The Bordeuri Samaj currently at the helm of affairs of the Kamakhya Temple has demanded of Chief Minister Tarun to review the Cabinet decision to form a trust to be headed by an IAS officer to see the affairs of the Kamakhya Temple. The Cabinet decision was taken yesterday.
Talking to newsmen on the Kamakhya Temple premises in the city today, Bordoloi Kabindra Sarma, Bordeuri Samaj secretary Bhaskar Sarma and other office-bearers of the Samaj expressed surprise over the State Cabinet taking such a decision without any 'rhyme or reason'. They said: "We took charge of the Temple affairs in August last from a verdict from the Supreme Court of India. While talking charge from the Kamrup (M) district administration, we got no details of funds of the temple, and that led us to move the apex court again. The apex court has asked the DC to file his affidavit in this regard. In such a situation, we are baffled with the step taken by the State Cabinet."
They said: "What has happened in the past six months for which the State Cabinet had to take such a step? Why hadn't the State Cabinet taken any such steps in the past 15 years?"
Both the Sarmas further said: "We have smelt a rat in the design of the State Cabinet. The sudden steps taken by the State Cabinet indicates that there be a secret understanding or deal with the Kamakhya Debottar Board on the huge assets of the Devalaya. With the latest step taken by the State Cabinet, Dispur can hush up all such shady deals, if there was any. There's around 25,000 bighas of land under the Kamakhya Devalaya. With the proposed Trust Dispur may try to hand over the land to the corporate sector and make quick bucks. This apart, Guwahati, being included in the first list of smart cities, is set to get huge amount of funds. With such a trust, Dispur may try to embezzle the funds that will keep coming in the future. We also smell a rat that a section of non-Assamese bureaucrats is out to spoil the Assamese culture and bring in the culture of South India here."