Karnataka BJP chief and leader of opposition in the Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa today urged the state government to drop its decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi and not to stand on prestige or ego. He asserted that the people’s sentiments and emotions against Tipu are strong and widespread. He advised that it is the duty of the government to honour people’s sentiments.
The former chief minister accused that Tipu Sultan was a controversial person on many counts. He was also a religious bigot. Historical records prove that he had ordered the massacre of thousands of Kodavas, during his invasion of Malbar, he added. He recalled that this tyrant had also ordered the execution of Mandayam Iyengars at the temple town of Melkote in Mandya district on the day of Deepawali festival. The reason was that these Iyengars had supported the then Maharaja of Mysore and demanded that the Kingdom be given back.
The BJP chief mentioned that thousands of Kodavas staged protest demonstration in front of French Embassy in Delhi recently. They demanded an apology from the French government for supporting Tipu in his war against natives and tribals. Yeddyurappa took strong exception to the statement made by Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara stating that the government will take action agaisnt those who oppose Tipu Jayanti celebrations. He asserted that they have every right to oppose what is blatantly wrong decision and that which is against the people’s wishes.
He alleged that Tipu Jayanti celebration is a new-found strategy of the Congress party as a part of its politics of minority appeasement. It is rank opportunism and vote-bank politics. If the government is so keen to honour eminent personalities from Muslim community, he said that we have Dr APJ Abdul Kalam or War Hero Abdul Hamid. In this regard, he reminded that Prime Minister Narendra MOdi had visited the family of Abdul Hamid, who was martyred in 1965 ar. Let the Karnataka government emulate the Prime Minister, he added.