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Siddaramaih recognise Lingayats as separate religion, seek Centre’s approval

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(G.N.S) Dt. 19
Bengaluru
Into the atmosphere of upcoming polls soon in the state, k’taka govt recognise Lingayats as separate religion, seek Centre’s nod.
The Lingayat community, which currently forms 17 per cent of Karnataka’s population, is a major vote bank for political parties.
A decision that will have a bearing on the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections, the Siddaramaiah-led Cabinet on Monday accepted suggestions of the Nagamohan Das committee and decided to recommend to the Centre the according of religious minority status for the Lingayat community. The decision was taken after a lengthy cabinet meeting amid threats from Veerashaiva Lingayat seers against recommending the minority status for Lingayats alone. To overcome the dissidence, the Congress has decided to accord minority status to Lingayats, including Veerashaivas, who follow the teachings of the patron saint of the Lingayat community Basavanna

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