Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and former Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) BS Yeddyurappa met 15 Hindu seers from mutts across Udupi and Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday (20 February), The Hindu has reported.
A “dialogue on Hindu religion and culture” was held at the meeting attended by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt and Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Palimar Mutt among others.
Speaking to the media, Vishwesha Tirtha Swami said that he advised Amit Shah to favouritism for communities should be avoided and that all communities should be treated equally. He also said that programmes like Shadi Bhagya and state control of mutts were unwanted.
A recent Karnataka government attempt to bring Hindu mutts under state control was recently thwarted when the state Congress government reversed its proposal at the hint of Hindu vote consolidation around the issue.
The seer added that different policies shouldn’t exist for minority and majority communities. He also said that he was open to advising all parties. “Even if AICC president Rahul Gandhi comes here tomorrow, I will give him my suggestions. But it is up to the political parties to either accept or reject them,” he said.
He also suggested that the Mahadayi river dispute between Karnataka and Goa should be settled out of courts.
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