CM Siddaramaiah caught in a fix between Lingayat and Veerashaiva issue

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), March 19:-Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is in a political fix of his own making as one section of Swamiji’s demanding a separate identity for Lingayat community and another protesting against dividing Lingayat-Veerashaiva sect.

A delegation of Lingayat seers led by Tontadarya mutt Swamiji from Gadag, who met the Chief Minister at his official residence ‘Krishna’ here on Sunday, urged him to implement Nagmohan Das Committee report and recommend to the Centre for minority status to Lingayat community.  “Our fight was not new it was a 900-year-old fight and it has taken a shape now.

The Chief Minister should consider implementing the report and accord separate status to Lingayat community,” he urged speaking to newsmen after the meeting.

The Chief Minister was caught in a fix as division of Veerashaiva-Lingayat community was opposed by Swamiji’s and a few political leaders.

Lok Sabha member and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President B S Yeddyurappa, had even alleged that Siddramaiah is trying to take political advantage during election by dividing the community which was one since hundreds of years, but Minister M B Patil, JD(S) leader and former Minister Basavaraj Horati demanded Yeddyurappa to provide proof for his statement that both the religion are one.

“Our fight for separate religion status for Lingayat was not new and Yeddyurappa is poking his nose now with election to the Legislative Assembly is due in next couple of months. It is unfortunate that being a political leader he is opposing Minority status to people of Lingayat community which is most backward”, Horati told newsmen.

The Cabinet, which is meeting today, was expected to take up the subject as it had remained inconclusive in the last meeting.

Lingayat leader Mate Mahadevi, after the meeting with Siddaramaiah, expressed confidence of the Chief Minister conceding the demand and recommending to the Centre positively on Monday.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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