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Bababudangiri: BJP fishing in troubled waters again?

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | M B GIRISH
Published Dec 16, 2016, 3:34 am IST
Updated Dec 16, 2016, 4:01 am IST
The Supreme Court has directed the state government to amicably resolve the dispute over Bababudangiri shrine between Hindus and Muslims.
The way to the cave shrine, ‘Guru Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy Darga’, in Chikkamagaluru 	(Photo: DC)
 The way to the cave shrine, ‘Guru Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy Darga’, in Chikkamagaluru (Photo: DC)

Chikkamagaluru: Although its been over a year since the Supreme Court directed the state government to amicably resolve the dispute over the Bababudangiri shrine between Hindus and Muslims in Chikkamagaluru, little has been done to bring the warring groups to sit across a table and talk.

Home Minister Dr G. Parameshwar was reportedly asked to verify documents relating to Datta Peeta and hold a public hearing on the issue, but he has done neither.

 

The court’s order asking the government to resolve the sensitive dispute was given on September 3, 2015 and  the fact that it has not complied yet has given rise to suspicion that it wants to skirt the issue entirely. State secretary of the Karnatakla Komu Souharda Vedike Ghouse Mohiudduin  believes that the government has no intention of resolving the Datta Peeta issue.

“It might just want to drag it till it completes its term,” he added. Recalling that Vedike members journalist Gowri Lankesh and advocate A.K. Subbaiah and others had met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and appealed to him to resolve the Datta Peeta, Mr Moinuddin said they would  meet him again.  

He warned that the delay in resolving the dispute would give the BJP an opportunity to play on religious sentiments in the 2018 state assembly polls.

But  Chikkamagaluru Congress unit president Vijaykumar claimed the government was giving the Datta Peeta issue priority and would deal with in the near future. 

He also didn’t think the delay in tackling the dispute  would  let the BJP gain political mileage from it.  “Voters are educated and cannot be easily fooled,” he maintained.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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