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Cong gamble over Lingayat vote; move to accept sect as separate religion

With assembly elections in Karnataka less than two months away, the Congress government in Karnataka decided to recommend to the Centre to grant religious minority status to Lingayats. A cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah decided to accept the report of a committee headed by a retired high court judge. The politically dominant Lingayat community that makes up about 17 per cent of the state population is seen as loyal to the BJP.