Bengaluru: While all three major parties BJP, Congress, and JD(S)-are trying to placate the Lingayat community, statistics show these parties have not fielded candidates from the community in seven of the 11 districts in south Karnataka.
The Akhil Bharathi Veerashaiva-Lin- gay at Maheshbhai had demanded that each party field at least five Lingayat candidates across the 28 seats in Bengaluru. It had writ- ten to all parties and highlighted that the city has a significant chunk of Lingayat voters, especially in constituencies like Rajajinagar- gar, Govindarajan Nagar, Vijayanagar, Mahal- Lakshmi Layout, and RR Nagar. But parties ignored the demand.
V So manna, housing minister who represents Govindarajan Nagar in the outgoing assembly, was the lone Lingayat MLA from the city, but BJP’s central leadership has deputed him to contest in Varina in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar seat. His efforts to get a ticket for his son, Arun So manna, to con- test from Govindarajan Nagar were unsuccess- full.
“It is disheartening to see there is not even a single Lingayat candidate in Bengaluru city, despite our requests to parties,” said BS Sachidananda Murthy, vice-president, Akhil Bharathi Veerashaiva-Lin- gay at Maheshbhai.
Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Mandy, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, and Kodagu are no different, while the four districts that have at least one Lingayat in the fray are Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, and Takakura.