As parties gear up for the upcoming Karnataka polls in the month of May, BJP faced a major blow after the Murugha Mutt Seer told Amit Shah that they back Siddaramaiah's Lingayat move.
“The government of Karnataka has rightly recommended to the central backward commission (National Commission For Backward Classes ) in this regard,” Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the head seer of the theological college in Chitradurga said in a memorandum submitted personally to Shah.
Respected Shri Amit Shahji,
Warm Regards to you for having visited our SriMath taking your precious time amidst of a busy schedule in the context of ensuring Assembly Election in Karnataka.
As you are well aware, a strong movement is going on in the Karnataka by Lingayath and Veerashaiva Lingayath people are Minority status tot he community. At the outset, it appears that there is a controversy between Lingayath and Veerashaiva Lingayath faith followers. It is a temporary outbreak of emotions of small groups in the followers of both faiths. It will not last long.
The Government of Karnataka has rightly recommended to the Central Backward Commission in this regard. Minority status to this religion will definitely deliver some benefits to the youth of this community- individually and collectively. It is not a step to divide the community but a measure to unite the already sub-divided sub castes followers in Lingayats, a religious group having a special tenet or culture on the lines of revolution of Sharanas of 12th century AD Karnataka.
Please do the needful.
With the Blessings of Sharanas,
Dr. Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru
Shah has been on a two-day tour of poll-bound Karnataka, where he met with religious leaders from various influential seminaries in the south and central parts of the state.
The BJP had stood firmly against granting a minority status and alleged that Siddaramaiah was “breaking Hindu society for electoral gain”.
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