Karnataka assembly bypolls: Before polls, mutts to get Rs 80 crore dole | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Weeks before the bypolls in three constituencies, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has issued orders to release Rs 80 crore in additional funding for various religious institutions, including mutts, in the state.
Nearly Rs 8 crore will go to institutions in Belagavi district alone and the money will be used to build community halls and other facilities.
The Belagavi Lok constituency and Basavakalyan and Maski assembly segments will go to the polls on April 17.
Overall, funds have been allocated to more than 470 religious institutions spread across 31 districts. The highest number — 146 — is in Shivamogga, the chief minister’s home district. A total of Rs 15.3 crore will be split among them. Forty-two institutions are in Udupi, 26 in Haveri and 25 in Hassan.
Yediyurappa is known for periodically offering government funds to temples and mutts for repairs and other works. The practice began in 2008, the year he took office for the first time. Political observers say the size of the grants may be relatively small, but the gesture helps him win influence and goodwill among various communities. In 2019, an allocation of Rs 70 crore was made for mutts in the budget.
Subsequent governments, in fact, have followed this strategy, providing financial assistance to communities depending on their size and electoral importance. When HD Kumaraswamy was the chief minister, he set aside Rs 115 crore for 42 mutts. This was ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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