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Vachananda Swami said the Panchamasali Lingayats would withdraw support from Karnataka CM Yediyurappa if an MLA from the sect wasn’t made a minister.
BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao says there has been no attempt to sideline Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa.
Two dozen outfits have come together to announce a bandh in north Karnataka on 2 August to demand bifurcation from 'privileged south'.
In one of the videos, the former CM is heard suggesting the coalition government, sworn in last month, may not last beyond 2019.
Sources confirmed that a meeting is scheduled for 17 June in Bengaluru where senior Lingayat and Veerashaiva leaders are expected to iron out their differences.
Historically, Lingayats have secured at least 7-8 cabinet berths in Karnataka, and H.D. Kumaraswamy too will follow the same formula.
Both the Congress and the BJP can feel the churn that this decision has caused in society and have hence steered clear of openly bringing it up in the election campaign.
The JD (S) can only hope to increase its share through its alliances with 'others', while the BJP would be content with chipping into the vote share of the two main players in the Old Mysuru region.
To believe the BJP will lose the support of Lingayats en masse because of a single decision is a reductionist understanding of how parties and caste groups are aligned in India.
Shah to meet important pontiffs from Lingayat mutts, including the 111-year-old Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga.
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