BJP found itself in a vacuum and helpless on ‘Religious Status’ to Lingayat community as recently they have opposed to the idea while in 2013 their own leaders had demanded the religious status.
As reported, the BJP went offensive when Karnataka’s Congress government demanded to survey Lingayat religion demand and would consider providing religious status to Lingayats, form 17 per cent of the electorate, making it the single largest community in the state. Congress’s attempt was opposed by the BJP and opposing them landed BJP in an embarrassing situation as they were demanding the same to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2013.
“There is no difference between Veerashaivas and Lingayats and they are very much part of Hinduism,” Yeddyurappa recently said.
BJP in 2017 Vs BJP in 2013:
In 2013, a memorandum, dated 25 July 2013, demanding religious status to Lingayat community, has signatures of all Lingayat MLAs and MPs of the state, including senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, according to a Times of India report.
“We, the undersigned people’s representatives of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa and other parts of the country, comprising about 4 crore people from the community, gathered on 25 July and resolved to support the memorandum.” the memorandum signed by him read as.
While in 2017, State BJP chief Yeddyurappa opposed the demand.
“Let them say anything. There is no difference between Veerashaivas and Lingayats. The Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha will decide whether the community should have a separate religion,” he said after the rally in Bidar.
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