Nirani offers solution to end padayatra by Panchamasali Lingayat seers
• Murugesh Nirani and CC Patil meet seers in Chitradurga
• Ministers request Panchamasali seers to end agitation
• Seers remain firm on 2A category reservation
• Seers want firm action, to continue padayatra to Bengaluru
• Nirani says government will take a favourable decision
Aimangala, Chitradurga dist, February 4: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani on Thursday made an effort to pacify the Panchmasali Lingayat seers, holding padayatra from Kudalasangama to Bengaluru seeking 2A reservation for the community, by offering that the community be included under the 2A category.
Urging the seers Sri Basava Jaya Mrutyunjaya Swami of Panchamasali Peetha at Kudalasangama and Sri Vachanananda Swami of Harihara Peeta to call of their padayatra, Mr Nirani along with his cabinet colleague CC Patil and community legislators informed them that the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa soon would order K Jayaprakash Hegde, chairman of the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission, to conduct a study and submit a report on bringing Panchamasali community under 2A category. He further added that the BSY-led government would take a favourable decision on the issue.
The minister met the seers on behalf of the government at Aimangala in Chitradurga district and requested the seers to call off their agitation. During closed door meeting with the seers, Mr Nirani informed about the state BJP government’s intent to consider their demand favourably. He said government is committed to the welfare of Panchamasali community.
Addressing the reporters after the meeting, Minister Murugesh Nirani said “Panchamasali community has been agitating for more than two decades demanding 2A category. This community is educationally backward and primarily dependent on agriculture. This demand would have met long ago, but due to legal hurdles we succeeded by including the community under 3B category. Now I feel there is a good opportunity to bring the community under 2A category during this government’s tenure.”
Praising the Chief Minister, Nirani maintained that Yediyurappa is not just the leader of Lingayats but representative of 6.5 crore people of the state and would do justice to all the communities. “Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is concerned about the welfare of all communities. Had he not concerned about Panchamasali, he would not have formed a sub-committee and included it in 3B some years back,” he said.
Expressing happiness over bringing the two seers under one stage, the Mines and Geology minister stressed on the need to maintain unity among Panchamasali community in their fight for social justice. He also expressed regret over comments made by some people against the Chief Minister and urged the members to maintain decorum.