A large number of Brahmins across the state are on the warpath against the state government's move to train people from scheduled caste community to perform religious rituals. After protests across the state in past one week, priests have called a convention in Guna on June 5 to take a stand on the issue.
Scheduled caste and scheduled tribe minister Gyan Singh said, "The file related to the issue has not yet reached my office. Let it come and then I will consider." Scheduled caste welfare department principal secretary Ashok Shah said, "A proposal is under consideration, it has not yet finalised."
For past one week, Brahmins held demonstrations in Rewa, Guna, Ashoknagar and Bhopal among other places. In Ashoknagar, 500 Brahmins took out a rally on Friday blowing conch, beating drums and ringing brass bells, warning the government not to go ahead with its plans. Mahesh Sharma, district president of Sarva Brahmin Samaj, told TOI, "See we are already victim of reservation, but the government must understand that we are not weak. We are united on the issue. We will intensify our agitation if the government goes ahead with its plan."
Highly placed sources said, "Government got this idea from Gayatri Pariwar where there is a system of Yug Purohit. People from any community, Hindu or Muslim- can be imparted training of performing puja with chanting of mantras."