Bengaluru, Mar 23: The Karnataka government on Friday declared minority status to Lingayats, news agency ANI reported. The declaration of minority status to Lingayats have come three days after the government decided on the same. Slamming the Karnataka government for their decision to grant minority status to the Lingayats, All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha said that it is clear that the government did this because of the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus, Central Hall Likely to Host Proceedings of Monsoon Session of Parliament

“If you are really interested in the community say Veerashaiva and Lingayat is one and the same. Except this, the govt is saying everything else. Don’t create differences between person to person & within the community,” the Veerashaiva Mahasabha further said. The Mahasabha had earlier called the decision “height of injustice” saying that they would oppose the decision. Also Read - Virtual Parliament: Rajya Sabha Chairman, Lok Sabha Speaker Plan Way Forward to Hold Monsoon Session Amid COVID-19

The Karnataka govt on Monday accepted the recommendations of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission to grant religious minority status to Lingayats and Veershaiva Lingayats. Also Read - 2 Floors of Parliament Annexe Building Sealed After Official Tests Positive For COVID-19

“After due deliberations and some discussion on concerns on various sections of society, cabinet has decided to accept the recommendations of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission….to consider grant of recognition as religious minority to the Lingayat and Veershaiva Lingayats under Section 2(d) of the Karnataka State Minorities Act,” T.B.Jayachandra, law and parliamentary affairs minister of Karnataka said.

“It was also decided to forward the same to the central government for notifying under Section 2 (c) of the Central Minority Commission Act,” he added.