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Updated: 08-12-2018 22:56 IST

'Prodded by Lingayat leaders to recommend grant of religious

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

recommedation to the centre to grant religious minority status

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

how the movement to recommend grant of religion tag to

Lingayats gained momentum ahead of the May 2018 assembly


He said the head of the Lingayat and Veerashaiva sects

had demanded that the new religion be named either Lingayat or


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

the Centre grant of religious minority tag for the Lingayat

and Veerashaiva Lingayat community.

The decision was based on the report of an expert

committee that had recommended considering grant of

recognition as religious minority to the Lingayat and

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.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)