The Opposition stopped the State government from introducing the Assam Sri Sri Ma Kamakhya Devalaya Management Bill 2015, by pointing out a number of anomalies in the Bill. While opposing the move, AGP legislator Phani Bhushan Choudhury argued that before drafting the law, Bordeuri Xomaj (temple management) was not consulted, ‘The Government should have discussed the issue with the temple management, before going on to introduce the Bill in the Assembly.’
Choudhury also objected that the Bill envisaged one Doloi (head-priest) for the Kamakhya temple, which defies the age-old practice of having two head priests. Echoing Choudhury, another AGP legislator Keshab Mahanta said that the age-old traditions of the historic shrine should not be interfered with by the Government and that the Bill be kept in temporary dormancy until the issue is sorted out with the temple authorities.
However, the State government has clarified that through the bill it intends to constitute a board for the management and development of the temple, which will be headed by a serving or retired IAS officer. The board will have members, including those nominated by the government and representatives from the temple management, district administration and State revenue and finance departments.