Maate Mahadevi Threatens Mega Rally in Delhi Over Separate Religion Status Demand for Lingayats
The rift between Lingayats and Veerashaivas is still continuing in the state. On Sunday, Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Swamiji of Veerashaiva community started a fresh controversy by saying that Lingayat movement is over.
An independent religion status for Lingayats was a big debate during Karnataka state Assembly elections. But after Siddaramaiah-led Congress failed to come back to power, the voice of the movement was silenced.
However, Maate Mahadevi, the first female Lingayat seer, says she will knock Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s door over the issue.
Speaking to News18, Maate Mahadevi said, “Who said Lingayat Independent religion movement is dead. It is very much alive and we are waiting for Centre’s decision. We are also trying for an appointment with PM Narendra Modi.”
The rift between Lingayats and Veerashaivas is still continuing in the state. On Sunday, Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Swamiji of Veerashaiva community started a fresh controversy by saying that Lingayat movement is over. He said, “Lingayat movement is over and there is no need to discuss about it. People have taught lesson to leaders who led the movement for separate religion. Granting Separate religion and minority status for Lingayats is not useful.”
Maate Mahadevi, Head of the Basava Dharma Peetha and Leader of the separate Lingayat religion movement, told News18 that she does not care about statements made by others on Lingayat movement.
“The committee led by Justice Nagmohan Das had planned to meet PM Modi. The committee will request the Prime Minister to accept the state government’s proposal to give independent religion status to Lingayat,” she added.
The Karnataka state cabinet accepted and approved the recommendations of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission during Siddaramaiah’s tenure. Later the recommendation was sent to the Centre. But the central government has not yet approved the state’s recommendation. Now the committee and Lingayat seers are all set to meet Modi to put forward their demand.