`Nothing wrong in Lingayat swamis coming out in CM`s support`

Karnataka Excise Minister M P Renukacharya said there was nothing wrong in Lingayat mutts coming out in support of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who belongs to the community.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 19:19 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Excise Minister M P
Renukacharya today said there was nothing wrong in Lingayat
mutts coming out in support of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa
who belongs to the community.

"There is nothing wrong in Lingayat mutts supporting the
continuance of Yeddyurappa" (as Chief Minister), Renukacharya
told reporters here.

"Yeddyurappa has done good work.Yeddyurappa has doled out
money to all mutts in the state.What is wrong in swamis
supporting him", Renukacharya, who had led BJP dissidents
in their oust-Yeddyurappa campaign earlier and later turned
loyalist, said.

"I am not a casteist. I have been elected by all communities
in my Honnali constituency", Renukacharaya, who also belongs
to the Lingayat community, said,apparently not to antagonise
other community members in his turf.

Former Chief Minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy
is releasing "fake documents" against Yeddyurappa, he charged,
but could not justify his remark when asked to point out which
of the documents released over land scams were "fake".

Three seers, belonging to the Lingayat community, had
yesterday came out in support of the beleaguered Yeddyurappa
and condemned BJP`s reported moves to seek resignation of the
Lingayat leader.

The seers hail from Northern Karnataka where the Lingayat
community is dominant.

PTI