‘Bringing mutts under Endowment Act may not be possible’

Siddaganga Mutt pontiff Siddalinga Swami has said that the implementation of a proposal aimed at bringing religious mutts under Endowment Act may not be possible.

At the mutt, he told media persons that he does not have complete information about the proposal.

“Each mutt has its own customs, existence, culture and rituals. Then, it may not be possible to bring all mutts under one rule. Pontiffs of all mutts should discuss this issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader S Shivanna criticised the governments move to control mutts.

Speaking to reporters, he said seers have established mutts through alms and are providing food and education to scores of people.

He charged that the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government wants to control the mutts by bringing an amendment to Hindu Religious Endowment Act. If this happens, the people will revolt against the government, he predicted.

Shivanna said mutts are being run with donations given by devotees. The freedom of the educational institutions, which are under the mutts, will be at stake if they are controlled. “We are not in Communist Party-ruled China. We are in a democratic country. Hence, the government should immediately withdraw the circular issued to this effect,” he urged.

He said the number of rape cases are increasing as girls of migrant families, which put up tents on road side are being raped increasingly. The police are hushing up such cases. Also, the cases of mobile phone snatching and robbery are increasing at night, he charged.

Shivanna said the a road was blocked for the inaugural function of Karan Textiles. It is not right. Also, problems have been reported when a lot of women rushed to buy saris as the shop owners wooed them with discounts, he charged.

He said Chilume Samudaya Bhavan has been given on least minimum rent.

BJP leader M B Nandeesh, K P Mahesh, Shantharaju, Nanjundappa, H K Shivanna, Chandan, M S Chandru and Madan Singh were present.

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