Lingayats are distraught under Siddaramaiah, says veteran Congress MLA Shivashankarappa

Bengaluru, Sep 30 (IANS): The Lingayat Chief Minister debate has come again to the forefront following Congress MLA and President of All India Veerashaiva Lingayat Mahasabha Shamanur Shivashankarappa raising his voice.

Shamanur said that nothing could be gained from the Deputy Chief Minister’s post. A Lingayat candidate should become the Chief Minister. “The Lingayats are distraught under the rule of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,” he said.

He said that Lingayat officers are not considered for the prominent posts.

“The community was better off during the tenure of late chief ministers Nijalingappa and J.H. Patel. Now our community is distraught,” he said.

He maintained that during the Veerashaiva Mahasabha programme recently held in Bengaluru, he had spoken about that how the important posts are not given to Lingayats. “I have not discussed this with ministers. What can we do with the Deputy Chief Minister’s post, if consideration is made, our demand is for the Chief Minister’s post,” he said.

The demand from the 92-year-old leaders from the Lingayat community, one of the most senior persons from the central Karnataka region, alleged running a republic in Davanagere region has put the state Congress in a fix.

The Lingayat community which rallied behind former chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa had shifted to Congress in the previous assembly elections. The Congress party fielded 46 candidates in the elections and 37 of them won. The BJP had given tickets to 69 candidates and only 15 managed to win.

The party also welcomed Lingayat leaders, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar and former deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi, who were denied tickets by the BJP.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's loyal ministers are batting for the creation of more Deputy Chief Minister posts while the Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar camp Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad is against Siddaramaiah and raised his concerns for Dalit chief minister for the state.






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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 01 2023

    Lingayats are approx 15 % in Karnataka.. Population wise .. many chief ministers other political leaders .. minister s From Lingayats.. so not to grudge but overall have had privileges

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  • flavian, chik

    Sun, Oct 01 2023

    MB Patil sir and Shettar will take care......

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    First HariPrasad , now Shivashankar everytime Sidharamaiha CM or opposition leader same problem to state as well as for party

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    ಆಸೆಯೇ ದುಃಖಕ್ಕೆ ಮೂಲವೇ?

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  • Jroam, Mangal

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    How many chief ministers are permissible at any given time...

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  • Ranjith, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    Now People are realizing that BJP Government is People oriented party than these Scamgress Party.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    Yes BJP people oriented party .That's why people did not vote them. And knows who is scam party?.Even people started to cheat in giving big positions in BJP party.

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  • Sumit, Dubai

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    People voted for Sri Siddaramiah and Co only for free bus service for women. So called free electricity and 10 kgs rice out of which 5 kgs was already given by Modi govt. Only NDA is of the people by the people and for the people

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    Gummudi mein summudi...shyamanur must have received suitcase from nagpur gulams....nahin chalega...Siddda is the ruler who is just and honest and rules with iron hand.....tumhara natak nahin chalega....either obey or TOLAGU...

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  • Rajesh G, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    At the age of 92 its not Tolagu but Malagu. Its time this Grandpa is given a rest from politics.

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    Sat, Sep 30 2023

    How come! said they were distraught under Yeddi so you told them vote for Congress..they voted, now you say here also distarught!! seems you are distraught, not general they are ok with both Govts, only community leaders make them unhappy..

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