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File photo of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah meeting the Lingayat community Seers at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on March 18.(PTI Photo)

Karnataka election results 2018: RSS says Congress’ Lingayat card backfired

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.
People at a Lingayat rally at Kalaburgi. In March, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah granted minority status to the community, which could swing their votes in the Congress’ favour.(HT File Photo)
People at a Lingayat rally at Kalaburgi. In March, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah granted minority status to the community, which could swing their votes in the Congress’ favour.(HT File Photo)

Complexity in Lingayat vote may affect Karnataka election results

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.
Karnataka minister for ines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni with Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swamiji of Kudalasangama Panchamasali Peetha and his followers celebrate after Karnataka government decided to write to the Centre to grant religious minority status to the Lingayat community in Bengaluru last month.(PTI File Photo)
Karnataka minister for ines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni with Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swamiji of Kudalasangama Panchamasali Peetha and his followers celebrate after Karnataka government decided to write to the Centre to grant religious minority status to the Lingayat community in Bengaluru last month.(PTI File Photo)

MHA forwards Karnataka govt’s Lingayat proposal to minority affairs ministry

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.
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