Lingayat issue: BJP will clear its stance after Karnataka polls, says Amit Shah

Prime News, National (Bengaluru), April 1:- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, who is touring the poll-bound Karnataka, said Tuesday that the party will clear its stand on the Lingayat issue after the Karnataka Assembly elections.

The Siddaramaiah government recently recommended to the Centre to accord a religious minority tag to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats in what is seen as an attempt to wean away a section of them from the BJP.

The BJP chief added that the Congress has become a ‘symbol of corruption’ and said that the people of Karnataka have made up their mind to change Siddaramaiah government.

The Karnataka government led by Siddaramaiah is the ATM of corruption for Congress party. I have not seen a govt as insensitive as this, which disappointingly says that farmer suicides are part of a conspiracy.

On Friday too, stepping into the home turf of Chief Minister Sidddaramaiah, Shah had told him that his ‘time’ had come to an end. Shah had begun his fourth round of visit in the state on Tuesday with a tour of old Mysuru areas and had asserted that Siddaramaiah and JD(S) would receive “biggest shock of their lives” from the region in the Assembly polls.

“It is said that the BJP is a bit weak here (old Mysuru region), but after seeing the work of the party workers, I expect Siddaramaiah ji and the JD(S) to get the biggest shock of their lives from this (Old) Mysuru region,” he had told a party convention, PTI reported.

There are multiple fronts on which CM Siddaramaiah has failed his own constituency. Mandya-Mysuru region has one of the highest farmer suicide rates in the state. Last year, there were more than 265 infant deaths in just 7 months in Mysuru district.

The BJP president had begun his third leg of the tour on March 26, 2018, by seeking blessings of 111-year old Sri Shivakumara Swami of Siddhaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, a revered seer of the Lingayat community. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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