Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been appointed as the new chairman of the Somnath Temple Trust. The decision was taken at the 120th meeting of the trust held on Monday.
Modi’s name was proposed by Union Home Minister and trustee Amit Shah. Modi found unanimous support among all the trustees for his appointment as the chairman. Modi is already a trustee of the Somnath Temple Trust.
The meeting which was held on Monday also discussed the appointment of the chairman of the trust. Keshubhai Patel was the chairman of the trust but the position fell vacant after the former Gujarat Chief Minister passed away.
The Somnath Trust
Keshubhai was first appointed a trustee of the Somnath Trust in 1999 and five years later was elected chairman of the board of trustees. Since 2004 he continued to hold the post even after Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah became part of the board of trustees.
He was elected chairman for the 18th consecutive time at the virtual meeting of the board held on September 30, 2020.
The Somnath Trust has eight trustees, including the chairman. The Gujarat government and the Centre can nominate four trustees each on the board all of whom are appointed for a lifetime. They can however resign voluntarily or can be removed for breach of trust.
The present board has six members including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, veteran BJP leader LK Advani, PK Laheri, Jivan Parmar, a retired professor of Sanskrit, and businessman Harshavardhan Neotia of Ambuja Neotia Group.
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