First victory, says seer; BSY assures appropriate action after commission, panel submit report
The protest by Lingayat Panchamasali community activists continued at Freedom Park on Thursday, but the indefinite hunger strike they had planned has been put off.
He said many from the Panchamasalis will join the hunger strike.
The government is said to be trying to contain the situation and stop the agitation before the seer goes on a hunger strike.
Bearing the brunt of this intensified agitation is Yediyurappa’s image of the undisputed Lingayat leader.
Patil minced no words as he called out his party MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and Congress leader Vijayananda Kashappanavar for misusing the issue.
Traffic was thrown out of gear as thousands of people, who attended the Panchamasali Lingayat convention at Palace Grounds, attempted to march towards Vidhana Soudha, on Sunday.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa seems to be in an unenviable position – he has been under tremendous pressure from various communities demanding better reservation.
Sree Dingaleshwara Swamiji said that it was the Union Government that has so far not accorded the OBC status to Veerashaiva-Lingayats.
Now, the Uppara community leaders have decided to take to the streets urging the Karnataka government and the PM Modi to consider their decades-old demand.
The petitioner argued that the Veerashaiva Lingayats constitute 17 per cent of the total population in the state.
They are also expected to take up the issue of OBC tag to Lingayats that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is proposing.
But they worked hard behind the scenes and pulled the strings at the very top to checkmate the chief minister.
The government seems to have not taken the Commission seriously, he said.
The CM was originally scheduled to address the media and make an announcement on Friday, urging the Centre to approve the OBC tag to the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community.