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Over 50 Lingayat seers meet CM, demand separate religion tag

Over 50 Lingayat seers meet CM, demand separate religion tag”

"If there is, then the committee will probe these differences and make suggestions on whether it would be possible to grant a religious minority status to Lingayats", said Jamdar, a retired IAS officer. The Mahasabha was organised at Bengaluru's Jnana Jyothi Auditorium. "Depending on the review, we will let the community know of the government's decision", said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The members of the meeting decided that they would go ahead with their demand for granting minority religion status for Lingayatism.

Submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the delegation requested the State Government to give recognition to Lingayat dharma and not to Veerashaiva Lingayat dharma. These should not be used in the name of "Veerashaiva" they argued.

The seers also asked Veerashaivas not to use faith, vachanas or practices of the Lingayats.

The convention directed heads of Virakta mutts (who consider Basaveshwara as the founder of Lingayat Dharma) to propagate Basaveshwara's philosophy on a war footing.

After the meeting, Shivanand Jamadar said "All religions in India are born in the context of Hindu culture".

The Lingayat conclave organized on Thursday, purportedly to draw a consensus on the issue and take their agenda forward, got poor response with prominent Veerashaiava-Lingayat mutt pontiffs and Lingayat leaders choosing to stay away from the meet.

However, amongst the separatists, infighting arose regarding the difference between Veerashaivas and Lingayats.

Backed by Water Resources Minister MB Patil, Transport Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni, pontiffs of various mutts including the Tontadarya Mutt's Siddhalinga Swami, Sirigere Mutt's Taralabalu Shivakumara Swami along with experts, scholars and activists took part in the seminar.

Some prominent seers, including those of Suttur Mutt and Siddaganga Mutt, however, were not present at the meeting.

Declare Lingayat Dharma as an independent religion.

Seers of Virakta Mutts should propagate Basaveshwara's principles or else step down from their position.

In keeping with the 1941 resolution of the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha, it should be renewed as Akhila Bharata Lingayat Mahasabha.

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