PM, Amit Shah should make their stand clear on minority status to Lingayats: Congress

Defending the decision of the Siddaramaiah Government in Karnataka to grant minority status to the Lingayats, the Congres, reacting to the BJP criticism, dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to make their stand clear on the issue.

Karnataka government on Monday recognised Lingayats as a separate religious minority and accepted the recommendation of a committee under the state Minorities Commission Act. The proposal will be sent to Centre for final approval.

Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said it was inappropriate to see the decision of the Karnataka Government from the prism of politics.’ Referring in this regard to a decision made by the previous UPA government to grant minority status to the Jain community, Mr Surjewala said, ‘during the UPA rule, the Jains had similarly demanded a minority status for the community. The UPA government got their demand examined. Many people objected to the demand saying that Jains were part of the Agrawal Samaj.

However, after examination of all facts the UPA government agreed to grant minority status to the Jains. The Karnataka Government followed a similar procedure to grant minority status to the Lingayats.’

On the reports of the BJP criticism of the decision, he said, ‘my question to the BJP trolls is whether they are for or against the granting of minority status to Lingayats. The BJP’s efforts to politicise the issue is condemnable.

We dare PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to clear their stand on the issue. If they oppose the decision, they should say so publicly.”


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