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Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations surprise Javadekar

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Coming down heavily on the Congress-(Secular) alliance government in over Jayanti celebrations, on Saturday said holding a event on the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, who persecuted Hindus and Christians in large numbers is "surprising."

Speaking to ANI, Javadekar said: "To hold a event on Jayanti who is a symbol of hatred, is surprising. We want to ask the how the one, who destroyed churches and temples and killed thousands of Christians and Hindus, is praised in a event."

The government-led Siddaramaiah had started celebrating in 2015, saying that the 18th century ruler of Mysore was a "freedom fighter", who was killed in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war. On November 8, former minister and the BS called the state government's celebrations a gimmick to appease the Muslim community.

"We are opposing this (Tipu Jayanti). Nobody will appreciate this celebration. The government's intention behind Tipu Jayanti celebration is just to satisfy the people of the Muslim community. Even within the and JD(S), people are opposing this," Yeddyurappa, of BJP, told ANI.

had fought against the British and died in 1799 while defending his capital Srirangapatna, present day Mandya, in

Several leaders of the BJP, however, claim that the ruler was "against Kannada language and anti-Hindu" and thus flay the state government for celebrating or Tipu Jayanti.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 19:42 IST