Dr Shivakumara Swamy, seer of Siddaganga mutt, has been lured by the BJP with an assurance of Bharat Ratna alleged Kudala Sangama Basavadharma Peetha seer Mathe Mahadevi. She alleged that Siddaganga Swamy declared that Veerashaiva and Lingayat are one and the same giving in to the lure of Bharatha Ratna, reported Kannada Prabha.
Mathe Mahadevi had earlier also was in news for issuing a contradictory statement to Siddaganga mutt seer. She addressed a press meet on Wednesday and took serious objection to the statement issued by the Siddaganga seer. Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders are luring Siddaganga seer with the assurance of Bharatha Ratna, which made him say Veerashaiva and Lingayata are one and the same, she alleged.
She stated that Water Resources Minister M B Patil’s claim that Siddaganga seer has supported the Lingayat religion is true. The seer is old and forgets easily. The Veerashaivas in the mutt have misused this and made him give a statement that Veerashaiva and Lingayat are one and the same. She claimed personal respect to the seer and even suspected that may be the Veerashaiva followers must have drafted the letter and got his signature on it.
She advised the younger pontiff of the mutt to realise that more than the award the interest of the society is more important. She confirmed that the Minister M B Patil has told the truth that the seer expressed that Lingayat is an independent religion. However, the officials at the mutt are twisting the statement according to their need, she alleged.
M B Patil is in a responsible post and he will not lie. He has made public what the seer has told him. Siddaganga mutt follows the tradition of Siddalingeshwara, who resurrected Basava Dharma in the south India. Hence Siddaganga seer would have meant Lingayat and nothing else, she argued.
She also announced that there is no need to worry about the statement issued by Yeddyurappa. Minister M B Patil should continue the struggle for independent Lingayat religion without any hesitation, she said.