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UDF asks Govt to reinstate voting right to Hindu MLAs

Posted on Nov 06, 12:05PM | UNI

The full-day session of the United Democratic Front (UDF) meeting held at Kovalam today decided to make changes in the Devaswom Ordinance over voting right of the Hindu MLAs to the elections in the Devaswom Board.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, UDF Convenor PP Thankachan said the meeting decided to ask the Government to reconsider its decision to deny voting rights to the elections to the Devaswom Board to Hindu MLAs who had not taken oath in the name of God.

"It was decided to exempt this condition from the Devaswom Ordinance following protest from CPI(M)," he added.

Over denying voting right to the Hindu MLAs, who had not taken oath in the name of God, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan earlier alleged that new condition in the Ordinance is anti-constitutional.

However, it was also decided to include another clause in the Ordinance that each Minister can propose the names of two members and MLAs can suggest one name to the Board.

Stating that the Kochi Metro will be executed by the DMRC, he said the Vizhinjam project would become a reality within three months after getting the environmental clearance.