In the first public admission by a senior Congress leader, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar admitted that the Congress should not have interfered in the Lingayat issue in the run-up to the state Assembly Elections this year. Speaking at the Dasara Sammelan of the Rambhapuri Seer Veera Someshwara Shivacharya Swami in Gadag, Shivakumar said, "Our party has made a big mistake in this state. I don't deny it. I always believed, no government should interfere in matters of religion and caste. It was a crime made by our government.