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.
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.
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.