Even though the BJP is opposing the Karnataka government’s recommendation that Lingayat and Veershaiva Lingayat be accorded minority religion status, the Home Ministry has said that it will examine the proposal as and when it comes to it.
It need be mentioned that the decision in Karnataka is largely being seen as poll driven.
Congress hopes that religious minority tag granted to the numerically strong and politically-influential Lingayat and Veerashaiva Lingayat community would benefit it in the election.
The demand for a separate religion tag to Veerashaiva/ Lingayat faiths has surfaced from the community, amidst resentment from within over projecting the two communities as the same.
Karnataka State Minorities Commission had formed a seven-member committee, headed by retired high court Judge H N Nagamohan Das, on the issue which submitted its report on March 2.
Many have accused the Siddaramaiah government of dividing the society to draw political mileage ahead of assembly elections due in the next couple of months.>