Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ordered the formation of an organization for all-round improvement of the politically-influential Veerashaiva Lingayat group within the state.
Mr Yediyurappa, who himself belongs to the group, issued an order for constituting the Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation (KVLDC) with instant impact.
It got here a day after a gaggle of ministers and BJP MLAs led by Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi from the group known as on Mr Yediyurappa demanding organising of the company.
“The state has a huge population of Veerashaiva-Lingayats, of which there are people who are economically, socially and educationally backward. Since there is a need to set Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation for the all-round development of this community, it is ordered to immediately set up this corporation, “the Chief Minister stated in his order.
The demand by the ministers for an organization for the Lingayat group got here in opposition to the backdrop of Yediyurappa’s latest announcement saying the Karnataka Maratha Development Authority earmarking Rs 50 crore.
The selections to arrange the KVLDC and Maratha Development Authority are seen by sections in political circles as an try and woo the Marathas and the Veerashaiva-Lingayats, who’re in sizeable numbers in Basava Kalyan meeting phase in Bidar district and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, bordering Maharashtra, the place byelections are due.
Bsava Kalyan and Belagavi seats have fallen vacant following the demise of sitting Congress MLA B Narayan Rao and BJP MP Suresh Angadi because of COVID-19 just lately.
The Congress, nonetheless, has earlier rejected the demand for KVLDC, saying it won’t serve any function. Instead, there must be reservation for the Veerashaiva Lingayats in schooling and authorities jobs, it stated.
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