Gulbarga : More than 2 Lakh Lingayats joined the maha rally for Lingayat swatantra dharma at NV college, the Lingayat samanvaya samiti organised the program . The massive public made the Gulbarga’s biggest ground look like a small Park.
Those who attended the program were Peethadipathi Sharana basapa Appa, Maate Mahadevi, Sulphal Math mathadeeksh mahant, Basavaraj Horatti MLC, Ministers Dr Sharanprakash Patil, MB Patil, Vinay Kulkarni, MLA BR Patil, Ex MLC Allam Prabhu Patil and many other Several Math Adhyaskh and Swamis and other Social Political and Religious Leaders were present. The rally included heads of multiple mutts, senior state ministers, bureaucrats and people from the region and neighbouring states.
At this occasion Rashtiriya basava sene was launched with Vinay Kulkarni as National President. Karnataka mines and geology minister Vinay Kulkarni was on Sunday chosen national president of the Rashtriya Basava Sene, the newly formed youth wing of the Lingayat faction seeking to be recognized as a separate minority religion.
According to organizers, at least 300,000 people participated at a rally on Sunday in Kalaburgi, about 650km from Bengaluru.
Kulkarni will organize similar events, raise awareness within the community and carry out various activities to ensure the movement gains traction.
“The Rashtriya Basava Sene will function as a youth wing and work towards unifying the community and coordinating various activities, ” said S M Jamdar, member of the Lingayat Samanvaya Samiti. He added that the organization- which will function as the national headquarters of the community- will work towards organizing events, awareness programs, jayanthis.
A resolution condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh was passed at the rally. A resolution urging for the immediate arrest of killers of M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh- both Lingayats- was passed. The community urged that the killers should not be allowed to go scotfree. The demand for a separate identity and minority tag for Lingayats-independent from Veerashaivas- has moved from being an identity tussle to take on a political colour ahead of the 2018 Karnataka assembly elections. While the BJP has remained mum over the issue, the Congress has attempted to distance itself from the row- this despite the Congress’ leaders prominently leading the cause of separate religious status for Lingayats.
His Speech this Occasion can be heard here.