As the Karnataka government approved minority religion status to the Lingayats, the same demand has now been voiced in Maharashtra as well.
It need be mentioned that Karnataka government had granted the Lingayat sect the status of a separate religion and promise of benefit of reservation for minorities.
To press for their demand, the community’s outfits have planned a rally in Aurangabad on April 8.
It need be mentioned however that Maharashtra government’s recommendation for giving minority status to the community was turned down by the Central government in 2014.
Lingayats are followers of 12th century saint Basavanna who rebelled against Brahminism and its ritualistic practices.
In Maharashtra, the community group form 6-7% of the population.