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The News Minute | December 24, 2014 | 12.16 pm IST The Karnataka government is facing pressure from the BJP and a section of the religious establishment in the state, over the bill that seeks to regulate Mutts in the eventuality of disputes. On the last day of the winter session of the Assembly, the state government hurriedly passed through an amendment to Karnataka Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act (Amendment Bill) 2014, seeking to bring Mutts within the purview of the act so that disputes of certain kinds could be resolved if they arose. On Wednesday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad organized a protest in Bangalore demanding the withdrawal of the act and burned an effigy of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Around 200 people were present at the protest.  While condemning the government’s move, the protesters threatened to organize a state-wide bandh in the next few days if the act was not withdrawn. Read: Govt does not want to interfere in the affairs of Mutts: Law Minister The BJP and the extended Sangh Parivar and a section of the religious establishment has seen the move as “interference” in the affairs of Mutts aimed at taking away the autonomy of the Mutts. Despite law Minister T B Jayachandra having held a press conference answering questions on the nature of the act and having repeatedly said during the press conference that the government did not want to interfere in the affairs of Mutts, he failed to allay their fears. Tweet

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