While Mr. Patil supports the demand for a ‘Lingayat’ tag, Mr. Khandre is pushing for Lingayat/Veerashaiva tag.
Patil and Eshwar Khandre for issuing conflicting statements on the demand for a separate religion tag for Lingayats on Wednesday.
Eshwar Khandre has said there is no difference between the Lingayats and Veerashaivas and has demanded a Lingayat/Veerashaiva tag.
On Sunday, Mr. Patil claimed the Siddhaganga Mutt seer, Shivakumara Swami, supports the cause of a separate religion status for the community under the nomenclature ‘Lingayat’, and this was contested by Mr. Khandre.
Mr. Khandre said there was no difference between the Lingayats and Veerashaivas, while the seer, in a release on Tuesday, expressed support for the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s nomenclature of “Veerashaiva-Lingayat”.
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