13 July :-The state government has clarified in the Legislative Assembly that Veerashiva Lingayat is not an independent religion but it is a Hindu religion and has no intention of giving it the status of a separate religion. Replying to a question written in Legislative Assembly on Thursday, the minority minister Vinod Tawde clarified the role of the government in response to the demand for Lingayat community to get separate religion and minority status.
For the last few years, a group of Lingayat community has been demanding the status of independent religion. There have been many agitations in the state for this. During the campaigning in Karnataka recently, Congress pledged to grant Lingayat status to a separate religion. On this backdrop, a large number of Muslims in Maharashtra have demanded separate religion. However, it is opposed by the second group in this community. On this backdrop, questions were raised in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Tawade said, “Veerashiva Lingayat is not a separate religion but it is a Hindu religion and in 2014 it was said by the Central Government Minority Department. That is why, according to the counting of 2011, this community had not been independently registered. In granting the certificate, according to the proposal of independent religion, the Lingayat community can not be given the status of independent religion.