Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday hailed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for appointing 36 non-Brahmin priests to serve in temples administered by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB).
"Bravo Travancore Devaswom Board. Salute to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for appointing 36 non-Brahmin priests. Periyar's dream realised," Haasan tweeted.
Bravo Travancore Dewasom board.Salute to Kerala CM Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan.4 appointing 36 non-Brahmin priests. Periar's dream realizedâ€” Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 9, 2017
Last week, Kerala appointed 62 priests to serve in temples administered by the TDB. Out of the 62, 36 were non-Brahmins of which six were dalit candidates. This became a landmark move, since it was the first time since the TDB was formed in 1949, that the appointments were made in accordance with the reservation norms followed for the recruitment of government employees.
Last month, Haasan met Pinarayi in Kerala and discussed about the political situation in Tamil Nadu.
After the meeting, the Dasavatharam actor said his colour was definitely not saffron, amid rumours that he will form a political party on his birthday on November 7.
Earlier, DMK working president MK Stalin too, had congratulated the LDF Kerala government for appointing non-Brahmin priests. He called it a "ground-breaking achievemnt."
Congratulations @CMOKerala for ground-breaking achievement - appointment of non-brahmins, including dalits, as Travancore Devaswom Archagasâ€” M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) October 7, 2017
(With inputs from IANS)