BJP president Amit Shah was appointed Tuesday on the board of trustees of Shree Somnath Trust (SST), the organisation which manages the Somnath Temple in Gujarat. The board of trustees held a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 7, RCR residence in New Delhi and decided to appoint Shah as trustee.
“Shah will file an affidavit with the charity commissioner within a week and after that formality is completed, he will formally become one of the trustees of SST,” Trust secretary Pravin Laheri said.
The meeting was attended by former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel, who has been heading the Trust for the last 11 years, and Prime Minister Modi, who is one the trustees. Veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Ambuja Neotia Group chairman Harshavardhan Neotia and retired bureaucrat Laheri, all trustees of SST, were also present at the meeting.
“Former MP Prasanvadan Mehta died a year ago and this created a vacancy in the eight-member board. Amit Shah has been visiting Somnath Temple regularly and we believe that he can give us suggestions in the affairs of the temple,” Laheri said.
The board also elected Keshubhai as chairman of SST for one more year.