Karnataka is likely to have two deputy chief minsters. The Congress is likely to push for a Dalit and Lingayat MLA for the two posts. This would be finalised at a meeting in Delhi after H D Kumaraswamy holds talks with Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.
There are 20 Lingayat MLAs in the Congress and JD(S) on whom all eyes would be. Will they back the Congress-JD(S) combine or go with the BJP and not prevent a Lingayat leader from continuing as Chief Minister?
The BJP released its first list of candidates on Sunday. There were 72 names and prominent among those were B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu.
The Scheduled Castes of the Veerashaiva/Lingayat sects could lose reservation benefits if the demand for a separate religion tag was accepted by the Centre, Union Minister, Arjun Ram Meghwal said.
The BJP had seen this coming and today the party is discussing a possible counter to the decision of the Karnataka government to recommend a religious minority tag to the Lingayats.
The decision by the Siddaramaiah led Congress government in Karnataka to accord ‘religious minority’ status is expected to face tough legal scrutiny. One of the main points that one needs to take into consideration is that although the Constitution is silent on this issue, it still goes against its spirit.
Bengaluru: It is being dubbed as a calculated risk that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took on the minority status for Lingayats. The BJP has cried foul and questioned the timing of the announcement and even asked why was it not decided upon for the past four years.
Thousand of people took to the streets of Hubbali in northern Karnataka and the split between the pontiffs of various maths or Veerashaivas and Lingayats was evident. Followers of the Rambhapuri seer took to the streets to protest against attempts to break the unity under the guise of according religious status. The protestors also raised slogans against Mathe Mahadevi for insulting the Rambapuri seer after he had made controversial comments against her. Booklets depicting her in a derogatory manner were displayed during the protest.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is focussing all its resources on the Nanjangud by-poll which is considered to be a stronghold of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Srinivas Prasad, who resigned from the Congress to contest on a BJP ticket may be a trump card for the saffron party, but looking at the report from the ground, it may not be as easy as it is made out to be. The polls will be held on April 9.
Chief Minister of Karnataka will form his cabinet on May 18th. Siddarmaiah who was sworn in as Chief Minister on Monday has left to Delhi to meet with senior leaders to finalise the cabinet.
He will also meet with Sonia Gandhi and discuss the issue. Siddaramaiah will need to ensure a caste balance while forming his cabinet. There is already a demand to introduce two Deputy Chief Ministers in order to please the Dalit and Lingayat community who voted for the Congress in large numbers. Moreoever the Muslims are also seeking good representation in the Cabinet.