Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has extended his support to that traditionalists in the controversial issue of women entry into Sabarimala shrine. The comment from the Chief Minister comes a day after several women, including at least four journalists, were physically and verbally assaulted by agitators, who are opposing the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling that allows entry of women of all ages inside the hill shrine.
Kumaraswamy asserted, “Whatever practices they have been doing for thousands of years should be preserved, violating these practices is creating a conflict.” However, he clarified that it was his personal opinion and not as the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar admitted the Congress’s stance on the separate Lingayat religion issue “was a big mistake”. Shivakumar was addressing Dasara Sammelan of the Rambhapuri Seer Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami in Gadag.
It may be recalled that Congress government in the state, led by Siddaramaiah had brought a legislation considering Lingayat as a separate religion, which was opposed by BJP, accusing that it was intended to divide Hindu society.