Deadlock over Thrissur pooram ends after CM Vijayan holds meeting


PTI, Dec 30, 2023, 9:04 AM IST

The impasse over conducting the renowned Thrissur Pooram festival ended after a meeting convened by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided not to hike the rent for the Pooram exhibition ground by the Cochin Devaswom Board.

The dispute originated when the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu Devaswoms threatened to limit the celebrations to mere rituals unless the decision to hike the rent for the Pooram exhibition ground was withdrawn.

The Chief Minister on Friday held a meeting with all the stakeholders and directed to continue the existing rates, with the option to decide on the hike after the Pooram. The CM’s office informed that the Devaswom officials accepted the suggestion.

Pooram is an iconic festival in the country, and it should be held without any controversies, Vijayan said.

The Devaswoms had alleged that the Cochin Devaswom Board had hiked the rent exorbitantly to Rs 2.20 crore from the existing Rs 39 lakh. The Pooram festival will be held in the month of April.

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