Cabinet divided over religious minority tag for Lingayats, defers decision to Mar 14
Differences have cropped up within the Siddaramaiah cabinet over the question of recommending ‘religious minority’ tag for the Lingayat community.
The ongoing face-off between Veerashaiva and Lingayat leaders created a rift in the cabinet on Thursday.
Water Resources Minister MB Patil and Basavaraj Rayareddi were in favour of going ahead with the Justice Nagamohan Das Committee report which recommends ‘religious minority’ tag for Lingayats.
However, they were strongly opposed by Municipal Administration Minister Eshwar Khandre and Horticulture Minister SS Mallikarjun.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah intervened as the arguments escalated and decided to defer the issue to a later date. The issue will now be discussed in the next cabinet meeting on March 14.