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BJP MP accuses Siddaramaiah of dividing society on Lingayat

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Accusing of dividing society by seeking to give religious minority tag to Lingayats and Lingayats, today said he should not be allowed to garland the statue of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara tomorrow.

The annual "Jayanti" is being observed across tomorrow.

"should not be given a chance to garland the because him quoting Basaveshwara on equality and workmanship is like the devil reciting Bhagwad Geeta. Society should not give room to all these," she said.

The said has no moral right to? celebrate the birth as he?has 'violated' the Lingayat and sect.

She alleged that he was the who meticulously planned to destroy the Lingayat sect through Lingayat ministers M B Patil, Basavaraj Rayareddi, and a few sanyasis.

Karandlaje also alleged that Siddaramaiah conspired to destroy society and communities in the name of?Basaveshwara, "who envisioned of a society founded on equality and rejected caste based discrimination."

She recalled that there were governments in the past?with absolute majority, but none of them had thought of dividing society.

"That crooked thought (of dividing society) occurred?only to Siddaramaiah. For the sake of .. to? safeguard his position,to keep Lingayats and Veerashaivas away from BJP B S Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah tried to destroy society."

"the Veerashaiva Lingayat community must take?note of it," she said.

The BJP has been up in arms against Siddaramaiah ever? since his government decided to recommend to the centre, grant of religious minority tag to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats earlier this year ahead of the May 12 elections.

The government's move is seen as an apparent bid to weaken the electoral prospects of BJP, which is banking to a great extent on the Lingayat community, who hold the sway in for being numerically and politically strong.

In order to woo Lingayat votes,BJP has projected Lingayat heavyweight and BJP state B S Yeddyurappa?as their chief ministerial candidate.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 22:40 IST