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Public debate on Lingayat-Veerashaiva issue postponed as police fear law and order situation

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Basavaraj Horatti, a Janata Dal (Secular) leader had thrown an open challenge to have a debate on whether Lingayat and Veerashaiva community was one and the same.

The Lingayat community’s demand for a separate religion tag has intensified as the state elections of Karnataka are approaching. The matter has also taken a centre stage in the political discourse of the state. Many politicians have already jumped the battle.

Basavaraj Horatti, a Janata Dal (Secular) leader who has been at the forefront of the Lingayat movement recently had thrown an open challenge to have a debate on the issue. The debate was to revolve around the basic conception that Lingayat and Veerashaiva community is one and the same. Dingaleshwar Swamiji of Balehonnur Peetha of Gadag district has accepted his challenge. The debate was to be conducted at the Moorusavir Math on December 30.

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However, the Hubballi-Dharwad police cited Law and order situation and refused to permit the show. The preparation for the debate had already been done which enraged factions. While Horatti has decided to postpone the date of debate, he is in no mood to cancel it.

In a statement, he said, “I will quit Lingayat movement if Veerashaiva leaders prove their claim but if they are unable to do so, they must stop their agitation and let Lingayat community fight for its separate religion tag.”

While Horatti strongly believes that Basaveshwara-12th century saint founded Lingayatism as a religion different from Hinduism, Dingaleshwara Swamiji contest his beliefs saying Basavanna never used the word Lingayat in his Vachanas.

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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Karnataka Assembly Elections buzz: Candidates start filing papers

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Twenty-nine candidates filed their nomination papers from constituencies across the state on Tuesday, day 1 of Karnataka state elections.

The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai R Vala notified it’s 224-member assembly about the May 12 elections on Tuesday. The poll panel said in a statement,”The governor is pleased to call upon the people to elect members to the 15th legislative assembly in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951.”
The filing of nominations for the polls has begun on 17th April, 11 am onwards. Between 17th and 24th, nominations can be filed from 11 am and 3 pm. Some of the rules for the process as specified by the commissioner are: not more than three vehicles and five people including can be present within 100m of the office of the RO.
Nomination paper and the format for the same have been provided to the political parties. Six of the 29 candidates who filed their nominations on Tuesday did so in Bengaluru city.
The Congress which hopes to retain power has not announced any Chief Ministerial candidate but is firm in declaring that incumbent Siddaramaiah will be the party’s “face” during the polls. At the same time, BJP has announced former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa as its Chief Ministerial candidate.
In the constituency of Shantinagar, retired IAS officer Renuka Viswanathan of the Aam Aadmi Party and Anthony Santosh filed nominations. Gopalagowda HN from KR Puram and Dr P Anil Kumar from Bommanahalli are some of the others who did the same. The only sitting MLA to file his papers was Anand Mamani of the BJP from Yellamma Savadatti in Belagavi district.
Karnataka assembly elections will begin on May 12 and conclude on May 15.
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AIADMK contesting Karnataka Elections on two seats

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The AIADMK appointed key office-bearers to the party’s state unit in poll-bound Karnataka and indicated it would contest two assembly constituencies in the May 12 elections.

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday indicated that it would field its candidates in the two assembly constituencies of Karnataka, which is going to Assembly elections next month.

The party invited applications from aspirants who wanted to contest from Kolar Gold Field and Gandhinagar assembly seats, which have a sizable Tamil population, in the neighbouring state. A release stated that the party wanted applicants for the constituencies to submit their applications on Wednesday and Thursday.

They had in December last relieved Va Pugazhenthi, a loyalist of then sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran, as Secretary of AIADMK’s Karnataka unit. The party has made a huge impact in southern states, Maharashtra, New Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This is the first election after which the dual leadership suffered a serious setback in R K Nagar bypolls, where the contending leader, TTV Dhinakaran won by a huge margin.

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