Bengaluru: The Lingayat-Veerashaiva Coordination Forum has urged the BJP high command to offer the seat of the Chief Minister to only a strong Lingayat candidate if the current CM, BS Yediyurappa is removed.

A meeting of the forum was held at Rangabharana Kala Kendra in Bengaluru on Sunday, November 1.

The meeting was chaired by former judge of the state high court, Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri. Senior leaders of the community held discussions and exchanged ideas at the meeting before arriving at an agreement.

The forum leaders state "In the past, Yediyurappa was accepted as the leader of the community when the JD(S) betrayed him. Now, under the changed political scenario, there is the chance of Yediyurappa being asked to step down from his post. If this happens, the post he vacates should be given to a leader from this community. No one should dither from exerting pressure to get this demand met.

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The community members also stated that "BJP leaders Jagadish Shettar, Basavarj Bommai, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and others are in the list of aspirants for the post. In the Congress, MB Patil has been identified as a leader of eminenceā€.

It was later decided to hold a meeting of the Guru-Vrakta Swamiji and other leaders at Bengaluru shortly.

Mallikarjuna Devaru of Sarpabhushana Math, senior advocate, Gangadhar Gurumath, Halanur Lepakshi and others were present during the meeting.