Days after monumental defeat in by-elections in Karnataka, the BJP again resorting to swing into action against ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition, protesting against Karnataka government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan.
A ahead of proposed celebrations, scheduled for tomorrow, the BJP today, staged protests asking the authorities to drop the event. The protests were held at several places including Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kodagu. The protests were organised after the JDS-Congress government in the state announced the celebration of Tipu Jayanti on November 10 in continuation of the previous Congress government’s policy.
However, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, maintaining some distance to the controversy arised for this event, will not be attending the Saturday event. The Chief Minister’s Office in a statement said that Kumaraswamy would not take part in any official function for the next three days in view of “doctors’ advice.”
While Tipu Sultan is considered a freedom fighter by the state government, he is considered a religious bigot by the BJP and its affiliates. The Tipu Jayanti celebrations, which began in 2014 under the Congress government, has been marked by protests and court cases every year.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened ahead of the celebration, with the BJP warning of mounting protests in the state, and section 144 has been imposed at several places including Kodagu, Hubli and Dharwad cities from 6 am on November 10 to 7 am on November 11, ANI reported.
The celebration of Tipu Jayanti is particularly opposed by people from the Kodagu region of Karnataka citing incidents of violence that occurred in Kodagu in 2015 during celebrations and the historical animosity among the people of the region towards the 18th-century ruler.