Kuruba seers in Karnataka lobby for deputy chief minister's post for Eshwarappa

Bengaluru, Jul 29 (IANS): Nearly a dozen seers from the Kuruba (shepherd) community on Thursday appealed to the BJP high command to appoint veteran saffron party leader in the state, K.S. Eshwarappa, as the Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) in the newly sworn-in Karnataka cabinet led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Kuruba is the third biggest community in the state after the politically dominant Lingayat and Vokkaliga, forming nearly 8 per cent of the state's population.

Nearly a dozen Kuruba seers from north Karnataka region, led by Sri Shantamaya Revanasiddeshwara Swamiji, told reporters that the Kuruba community is spread over a large area, from Bidar district in the north of the state to Chamarajnagar district in the south, and Eshwarappa along with former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had worked equally hard to build the BJP's base in the state.

"Ideally, Eshwarappa should have replaced Yediyurappa, going by his seniority and given his contributions to the party in the state. But with the BJP central leadership choosing another Lingayat to replace him (Yediyurappa), Eshwarappa should at least be made the Deputy Chief Minister in the new dispensation," the seers demanded.

Another Kuruba seer, Siddayogi Amareshwara Maharaj of Hanamapura Matha, said, "When Yediyurappa was working to unite his community with the BJP, Eshwarappa was working hard to unite the Kurbas across the state. The BJP should not treat Eshwarappa in an unfair manner."

Sri Malingaraya Maharaj of Hulajanti Matha said that the BJP should have made Eshwarappa the Chief Minister at least once, given that his contemporary (Yediyurappa) got four chances at the helm of the state and was even allowed to choose his successor.

During the interaction with the media that lasted for over 90 minutes, the seers highlighted Eshwarappa's contributions to the BJP's rise in the state.





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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai /Udupi

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    This fellow is potential PM material...he should aim higher.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    These developments may make Santhosha very happy....., after all the battle between cheddi vs yeddi... continue...., BSY sir., people are with you, saint's are with you come what may..... let us for once defeat the stinking cheddi gang...,

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  • JD, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    High time, we should unite and have a separate state for DK, Udupi, UK districts etc. The reason is not only because we are neglected in terms of politics, but also for our own development. Today our Mangaluru International Airport is being neglected (Kerala already built good airport at Kannur and lot of passengers using the same). Mangaluru Railway station should have been created a new railway zone which would have created lot of employment opportunities for locals and would have helped in overall rail development, however unfortunately we are still under a zone in Kerala. Only thing is we have a good port NMPT and only coastal cities Mangaluru, Udupi and Karwar can have one. Otherwise that also would have moved to some other city within Karnataka. Lot of other developmental activities are still pending like International Cricket Stadium, good private bus stands in coastal cities etc. If we have separate state, we can develop faster.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    for cheddis, hiding caste surname is easy... but really giving up caste feeling and identifying only as a hindu is difficult...

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    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    If he fought for the cause of Backwards ,minorities and Dalits, they would have been stand behind him.But whenever open his mouth he is attackeing Minorities and only his duty is Padapooje of Swamijis upcource everybody doing. He would have been the backward class leader if he take along with him Billavas, Eidigas, Mogaveeras , Devanagas and other backward class , Minorities and Dalits autometically Party High command would have taken serious abovet him.Now Nalin Kumar s audio says he is date expired Leader dont have any command over his section.Hence he is out

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    years of donning cheddi and doing kavayath, reciting namaste sada vatsale etc. etc. etc. did not erase caste affinity...9

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Now it looks like the which made the difference is getting into its own trap of caste politics.......Haha...hehe..hoho..lala....lala.....!!!

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    OUR DEMOCRACY DERIVED MORE FROM USA --- one key factor is -SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE -- THE FOUNDING FATHERS / + JEFFERSON-- ADVOCATED -- THAT ---------religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. SO all these are not healthy precedents - lingayat - kurubas - etc -etc -- we are supposed to be moving more to a Egalitarian society and already 70 years since independence--cannot get out of the shackles- politics has played a dangerous cocktail - caste - ethnicity - sects - Backward - OBC - etc etc OF COURSE THE RULING DISPENSATION HAS TRIGGERED THIS WITH A NEEDLESS RISE IN UTTAR PRADESH --

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    aithappa moolya, manglaore... Your idea may not be good because, in Karavali Naadu, Bunts and Billavas start dominating. I fear your idea will leave this country at least into one lakh states.. Meantime, coastal Karnataka always progressed despite not having much political representation from CM and PM. See the neighboring districts such as Hassan and Chikmaglur afre still ailing, though their representatives (Indira Gandhi and Devegowda) become PM

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  • aithappa moolya, manglaore

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    karnataka politics unfortunately is dominated by lingayats and vokkaligas..high time people of Uttara Kannada, dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu should demand seperate state...name should be Karavali nadu

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Forget seers...

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Make him PM any how present PM became seer himself!

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    If Kurubas whole heartedly support Eshwarappa, he would have been CM today. But Kurubas seems to be confused whom to support between Eshwarappa or Siddaramaiah...

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  • Rosh, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Eshwarappa will never be made the CM because of his caste!!! BJP is for the upper castes, Kurubas will have to simply vote and forget. It is the congress which uplifted the lower, suppressed and backward castes and gave them a voice. Unfortunately the present generation does not know much about it. BJP was and is against Indira Gandhi and her clan because of this. Before all these low caste people were not allowed to enter temples, hotels and even the residential compounds of upper castes.

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  • Abdul Lathif, Saudi Arabia

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Even if you go to a brahmana hotel (hotlu), the person making the thindi and tea is of lower caste, only cashier or owner is a brahmana.... brahmana hotel don't have adige battas anymore...

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Only BJP ruled states have multiple Dy CMs but our main Guru PM Modi do not have a Dy PM. When he was touring the whole world country was running without a PM or Dy PM. So, why do we need these white elephants our hard earned tax money guzzling leaders?????………

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Religion & Politics should not be Mixed ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    the two high commands of BJP and the third high command at nagpur will have to tuck their tails inside once more... kurubas are a big vote bank... vote banks are demanding their pound of flesh from "monkey votebank" party....

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  • Brice Dsouza, Mangalore/Canada

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Hauooda Basavanna Mundhe sari.Basavaraj Bommairavare Namma ministriyalli kevala Youvakarige modalane stana .oolidare yeradane stana Eshwarappage Note counting machine yelli aithe?

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  • Anonymous, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    Trend is BJPs gift to Karnataka politics...A day will come seers of all groups of Hindu dub castes and others like Jain, Christian, Muslim heads will demand postings for their candidates.Where is the end to this. Better dissolve Karnataka assembly forthwith and go for fresh mandate along with all religious heads.

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  • Alphonso D'souza, Mumbai / Bendur

    Thu, Jul 29 2021

    If these demands are met, each state will have least 10 Dy Chief Minister and India will have a dozen Dy PM's. How silly it is for these leaders to ask for political shareholding.

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