Karnataka

Lingayat seer withdraws nomination

Sri Shivalinga Shivacharya Swami of Kabbinakanti Mutt of Rattihalli withdrew his nomination papers. File photo

Sri Shivalinga Shivacharya Swami of Kabbinakanti Mutt of Rattihalli withdrew his nomination papers. File photo  

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Under pressure from religious heads, former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy had even appealed to him to withdraw his nomination.

Lingayat seer Shivalinga Shivacharya Swami of Kabbinakanti Mutt at Rattihalli, whose candidature for the byelection from the Janata Dal (Secular) had been opposed by various religious heads, withdrew his nomination papers on Thursday.

Interestingly, he was accompanied by BJP MP and Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s son B.Y. Raghavendra and a few seers when he withdrew his nomination papers at Hirekerur.

The seer had gone incommunicado after filing his nomination papers for the byelection in Hirekerur Assembly constituency. Under pressure from religious heads, JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had even appealed to him to withdraw his nomination. The seer, who was keen on contesting earlier, reportedly yielded to the pressure later.

He told presspersons after the withdrawal that as a representative of the Chief Minster, Mr. Raghavendra had assured him of fulfilling his demands towards development of the taluk and so he had withdrawn from the contest.

‘Misuse of political power’

The withdrawal of his nomination was “reflective of misuse of political power and interplay of caste politics”, Mr. Kumaraswamy said. He told mediapersons in Mysuru that the developments should be seen in the backdrop of the recent statements by Mr. Yediyurappa that if the BJP failed to win eight seats, he would be out of power.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he learnt that seers of various mutts and Mr. Raghavendra had met him and convinced him to withdraw the nomination paper. “This shows the interplay of caste equations and political power that is misused to bring pressure during elections,” he said.

In reply to a question on whether seers should be fielded as candidates in elections, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the seer himself along with his followers had called him and sought the B form to contest as a JD(S) candidate.”

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