status to sect' ; Siddaramaiah
Bengaluru, Dec 8 (PTI): Former Karnataka Chief Minister
Siddaramaiah Saturday said he was prodded by Lingayat leaders
to recommend reservation for them and that his government's
had led to opposition unleashing false propangda against him.
Siddaramaiah stated this while participating in the
groundbreaking ceremony of a school in Chamarajnagar district.
The Lingayat sect was founded by 12th century social
reformer Basaveshwara, whose belief revolved around social
justice, benevolence and piety instead of orthodoxical rituals
and castism prevailing during his time.
"When I was the Chief Minister, seers following
Basaveshwaras philosophy insisted that I give the religion
tag to the Lingayat sect. It was they who persuaded me."
Recollecting how Buddhism and various sects emerged to
give social justice to the downtrodden, Siddaramaiah recalled
Lingayats gained momentum ahead of the May 2018 assembly
He said the head of the Lingayat and Veerashaiva sects
As a middle path suggested by prominent Congress leader
Shamanur Shivashankarappa and endorsed by other Lingayat
leaders, it was decided the new sect be known as Lingayat
Veerashaiva sect, who have faith in Basaveshwara.
"What was wrong in that? What was my mistake? But that
led to false propaganda against me (by bjp) That's the reason
that I am very careful while talking about religion," he said.
The state cabinet had on March 19 decided to recommend to
and Veerashaiva Lingayat community.
The decision was based on the report of an expert
committee that had recommended considering grant of
Veerashaiva Lingayats (Believers of Basava Tatva (philosophy).
Subsequently, the Karnataka minorities welfare department
notified the Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats as a
religious minority, but said it would come into effect after
the Centre's approval to the state recommendation.
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