The demand for inclusion of the Panchamasali Lingayat community under the 2A category in the state reservation quota echoed in the Assembly on Thursday.
The party has seized on Yediyurappa’s removal to play on the community’s emotions. “The BJP and RSS have misused the trust of Lingayat leaders.
After its bitter experience in 2018 polls, the Congress seems to be handling issues related to the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community demands cautiously.
The buzz is that the BJP high command is working out an amicable formula to replace Yediyurappa while ensuring a smooth transition.
Sri Chandrashekara Swami of Bettadahalli Mutt, while indirectly referring to Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra, has advised the latter to stay away from his father’s affairs.
Congress government in poll-bound Karnataka decided to recommend to Centre to grant religious minority tag to the numerically strong and politically-influential Lingayat and Veerashaiva Lingayats.
The seers submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and said Veerashaivas and Lingayats were one and the same. They urged Siddaramaiah not to divide the community.