Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Venkatesha Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:17 PM IST
Currently, Veerashaiva Lingayats come under Other Backward Class category with some of the sub-sects getting preference under Category 3B in which 5% reservation is based on economic criteria.
Karnataka Cabinet expansion: In Yediyurappa’s cabinet sealed at midnight, Lingayats get pride of place
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 11:17 AM IST
Karnataka Cabinet expansion: The list of ministers, approved by party president Amit Shah, took time reaching Bengaluru and caused some unnerving moments for MLAs, who found it hard to second guess the central leadership
Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 09:35 PM IST
In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had made deep inroads into the south also, which was considered the stronghold ofthe Congress and the JDS.
Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2019 04:45 PM IST
“I plead with the members of the Veerashaiva (Lingayat) community in this region… if even one vote from the community goes to the Congress, which humiliated Veerendra Patil… who won 178 seats, it will be a big crime,” Yeddyurappa said.
Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2019 03:37 PM IST
The Congress took the step after BJP shared a letter on its Twitter handle allegedly written by then minister M B Patil to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi in July 2017.
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 07:38 PM IST
The issue pertains to the Congress-led state government’s decision to grant minority status to the sect in the lead-up to the assembly polls, following the year-long agitation on the demand.
Hindustan Times , Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2018 04:25 PM IST
The Separate State Agitation Committee has announced a bandh in the northern districts on August 2 to press for the demand, which has found renewed resonance in the light of perceived neglect of the region by the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government.
Hindustan Times | By Venkatesha Babu
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 11:31 PM IST
The Congress-JD(S) alliance stood firm to snatch an unlikely victory but, in defeat, the BJP could reap caste dividends.
New Delhi | By Gilles Verniers
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 01:01 PM IST
The political class in Karnataka remains quite concentrated, a phenomenon reinforced by the fact that many politicians switch sides between elections.
Hindustan Times | By A Narayana
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 08:22 AM IST
This coastal region in Karnataka, comprising 19 constituencies spread across three districts, has for long been considered a laboratory for Hindutva politics.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 07:34 PM IST
The Congress lost power in Karnataka despite the absence of any visible anti-incumbency wave. Here’s an analysis of the Karnataka assembly election results that explains why this happened
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 06:47 PM IST
The RSS, which perceives the proposal to recognise the Lingayats as a religious minority as a move to divide the Hindu electorate, has, however, maintained a diplomatic stance on the issue.
Bengaluru, Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 09:49 AM IST
Neither Congress nor BJP has a clear advantage in Karnataka assembly elections; local candidates, Lingayats, minorities, Dalit votes could make the crucial difference.
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Neelanjan Sircar and Pranav Kuttaiah
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 09:20 AM IST
With Yeddyurappa back in the BJP fold, the working assumption was that the Lingayat community had returned to the BJP. That was until current Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah took advantage of a schism in the Lingayat community by distinguishing higher status Veerashaivas from other Lingayats.
Hindustan Times, Davangere/Chitradurga | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 10:36 AM IST
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s decision to accord minority religious status to Lingayats, including the Veerashaivas, is being viewed with some scepticism.
Hindustan Times, Tumkur/Sira | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 07:35 AM IST
The outcome of the impending polls in Karnataka will depend a lot on Lingayats, who have a demographic share of 16-17 per cent in the state.
PTI, Vijayapura | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 04:41 PM IST
Ahead of Karnataka elections, PM Narendra Modi said that there is not a single minister in the Siddaramaiah government who is not facing allegations of financial wrongdoing.
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Venkatesha Babu, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2018 07:37 AM IST
The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in March recommended to the Centre that Lingayats be given separate religion status and all benefits conferred on minorities. The decision was criticised as a move to divide the vote-bank of the BJP in Karnataka elections.
Hindustan Times, Gulbarga/Kalburgi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 11:39 PM IST
The Lingayats are the most dominant and politically influential community in Karnataka.
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 10:48 PM IST
While the Times Now-VMR opinion poll on the Karnataka assembly elections projected the Congress as the single largest party, the ABP-CSDS survey said the BJP would get the most seats
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 09:25 PM IST
Indian-origin organiser of event say there is no politics in Prime Minister’s action.
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2018 03:19 PM IST
BJP has been critical of the Siddaramaiah government’s move towards granting “religious minority” tag to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats ahead of Assembly polls as an attempt to divide Hindus.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 11:52 PM IST
The Congress has fielded 36 Dalits, 17 from the scheduled tribes, 15 Muslims, seven Brahmins, two Christians and two Jains for the Karnataka elections.
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2018 08:11 PM IST
The Karnataka government’s move had divided opinion in the state, with the Lingayats coming out in support while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called it a gimmick by the CM with an eye on the May 12 polls.
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 09:28 PM IST
On March 19, the Karnataka government had decided to declare the Lingayats as a religious minority, as well as include Veerashaivas as a group within the community.
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 09:47 PM IST
While BJP president Amit Shah visited five mutts during his recent tour of Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi also met pontiffs during his poll visit last week.