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ALAPPUZHA: A high-level meeting of the SNDP Yogam held in Cherthala on Friday observed that the statement made by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that his Government would not promulgate any ordinance to control the functioning of Devaswom Boards and the Government's withdrawal from the move to implement development projects at Sabarimala through private agencies on BOT basis vindicated the stand taken by the SNDP.
SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said the meeting, attended by councillors of the SNDP Yogam and office-bearers of its taluk unions, approved a motion hailing the stand of the SNDP leadership in issues aimed at protecting the interests of the Hindu community. Mr. Natesan said the NSS-SNDP unity was still continuing. He said the SNDP Yogam was withdrawing from the controversies related to the TDB as the Sabrimala pilgrimage season was approaching.
Mr. Natesan hailed the statements made by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on the issues related to the TDB. The move by Mr. Chandy and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala to protect Devaswom Minister K.C. Venugopal were understandable as it was the responsibility of the Congress leaders to protect a colleague. "But the allegations against Mr. Venugopal stand," he added.
Mr. Natesan said evidence relating to the allegations against Mr. Venugopal in the BOT project proposed for Sabarimala would be handed over to the Chief Minister at a suitable date.
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