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Karnataka minister accuses BJP of linking Lingayat faith to Hinduism

"They will not back our demand for Lingayat as a separate religion. It is apparent that Hindutva cannot accept Veerashaiva Lingayath as a separate religion," said Patil.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Updated: September 4, 2017 6:15 pm
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Amidst an intensified campaign for a separate religious status to Lingayat faith, Karnataka irrigation minister M B Patil on Monday accused BJP of linking the Lingayat faith with Hinduism. “The BJP has taken a stand. It has changed its position by calling Veerashaiva Lingayath a sect of Hinduism. They will not back our demand for Lingayat as a separate religion. It is apparent that Hindutva cannot accept Veerashaiva Lingayath as a separate religion,” said Patil, who is spearheading the campaign, at a press conference on Monday. He claimed that Lingayat is different from Veerashaiva.

“Lingayat is entirely different from Hinduism. It does not have caste based or any other kind of discrimination. Its founder Basaveshwara’s sayings never promoted rift among communities,” said Patil. He added that Veerashaiva sect forming only 10 per cent of the total Lingayat population does not follow the sayings of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara. Patil also sought to allay the fear that separation of Lingayat will weaken Hinduism.

“Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism were separated from Hinduism but that did not affect or threaten Hinduism. Lingayat religion too has features making it different from Hinduism,” said Patil. Shivanand Jamdar, a retired bureaucrat and Lingayat Mahasabha Vedike general secretary, said “Hindutva forces” do not want Lingayat to be a separate religion.

As Assembly elections are due earlier next year, the demand for a separate Lingayat religion status is gaining ground among the community, concentrated largely in the northern part of Karnataka. The BJP, for which Lingayats form a significant electoral base, has so far remained non-commital on the demand.

The Mahasabha Vedike had on Sunday held a mega rally at Latur in Maharashtra, which has a huge Kannada speaking Lingayat population.

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    Sep 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    BAN ALL LOUDSPEAKERS, ALLOVER INDIA, PERIOD, NO EXCEPTIONS. LOUDSPEAKERS ARE BANNED IN ALL DEVELOPED NATIONS, USA, EUROPE ETC. BCOZ MAXIMUM USE OF LOUDSPEAKER JEHHAAD, IS ILLEGAL ABUSE, BY LAKHS UPON LAKHS OF MAJJIDS, REPEATEDLY FROM 3 TO 8 TIMES, 24/7/365/FOREVER. THIS LOUDSPEAKER JEHHAAD, PROPAGANDA OF ARRABIC MANTRAS SCREAMING, THIS IS CREATING HAVOC IN THE PSYCHIATRY OF MILLIONS UPON MIPPIONS, CRORES HAVE ALREADY CONVERTED. CRORES MORE HINDUS HAVE PSYCHOLOGICALLY MEMORIZED THE ARRABIC MANTRAS, AND GIRLS , WOMEN ARE EASY PREY TO THE RELATED JEHHAAD IE LOVE JEHHAAD. EVEN NEWBORNS, OLD AGED DYING HINDUS XTIANS SIKHS ARE SUFFERING THIS. ALL BCOZ OF SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT, ALLOWING LOUDSPEAKER JEHHAAD. WHO IN SC GAVE ORDER FOR LOUDSPEAKER JEHHAAD. WHAT THEIR AGENDA IS. WHY SC IS BLIND TO THE SILENT SUFFERINGS OF THE SILENT HINDU MILLIONS, WHO HAVE NO CLUE OF THIS PSYCHRIATRIC ATTACK ON THEIR PSYCHOLOGIES, BY LOUDSPEAKER JEHHAAD USE OF INDOCTRINATION OF ARRABIC MANTRAS INTO HINDU MINDS
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      Sep 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm
      What does this man mean by separate religion status? If he wants to be separate, by all means let him be so! Why should he demand that the government confer a special separate status on him and his followers? Something does not smell right here. He seem to be a troublemaker who will do well to spend some time in jail!
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