BASAVAKALYAN: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday visited the centre of democracy and philosophy in Karnataka, days following Key Minister Narendra Modi talked about it in his Parliament speech. Whilst taking digs at the Congress’ ‘deference to the Gandhi family’, Modi experienced referred to the Anubhava Mantapa in Basavakalyan, the seat of equality and conversations set up by 12th century saint-philosopher Basavanna, also regarded as Basaveshwara.
The Lingayats,BJP’s major vote financial institution in Karnataka, are followers of Basavanna.
“Rahul Gandhi has absent a person stage ahead. Modiji described Anubhava Mantapa, but Rahulji showed extra determination by checking out the area and speaking about Basavanna’s philosophy with Lingayat leaders gathered there,” said Lingappa Hudgi of Basavakalyan town.
The Lingayat local community can affect the final result of 80 of the 224 constituencies and is assiduously wooed by BJP and Congress. BJP is regarded the ‘favored party’ at the second as its chief ministerial facial area, BS Yeddyurappa, is the tallest Lingayat chief at existing.
Nevertheless, Gandhi has been touring Lingayat strongholds over the past a few days and ended this round of campaigning at the community’s holy ground of Anubhava Mantapa.
When the precise spot of the old historic setting up referred to in literature is unidentified, there is a shrine to Basavanna at the presumed site where Gandhi was handled to rendition of the saintphilosopher’s vachana poetry “We are pleased that a young drive that will make a decision the upcoming of India, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has frequented Anubhava Mantapa, a 900 calendar year outdated design of parliamentary democracy,” Akka Annapoorna Thayi of Basava Seva Prathishtan, Bidar, informed ET. “We hope it will encourage him when he holds the reins of power,” she additional. President of Anubhava Mantapa, Basavalinga Pattaswami, reported he gave Gandhi textbooks in Hindi and English about the Lingayat philosophy.
“He explained to us he was intrigued in Basavanna. We honored him and wished him effectively. We advised him our philosophy considered that people of all religions, castes and genders have been equivalent and that was what Basavanna taught us.” Gandhi’s go to drew a rapid reaction from Yeddyurappa who tweeted that the Congress chief ate hen just before touring places of worship. Reacting to this Gandhi said: “You all know why Yeddyurappaji is declaring this.” translated into Hindi.