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Karnataka celebrates Tipu Jayanti amid protests by BJP

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

on Saturday celebrated (Jayanti) of erstwhile (Mysuru) ruler amid protests by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, an said.

"Tipu Jayanti was celebrated peacefully on under tight security despite protests by BJP leaders and cadres in the state," a told IANS.

of the JD-S and Deputy Chief of the were conspicuously absent at the main event, held in the legislative building in the city centre.

"Kumaraswamy is unable to attend the function, as he is taking rest on doctor's advice," said a statement from the Chief Minister's office, explaining his absence and denying that he kept away from the event due to the fear of losing power, as he is against such blind beliefs.

Parameshwara also could not be present at the main function as he was out of the country.

"Parameshwara could not be present at the function as he flew to to visit our ailing party Chennigappa, who is undergoing treatment in a private hospital there," state Water Resources and told reporters after inaugurating the Jayanti.

ministers, including Jayamala, Zameer Khan, U.T. Khader and also participated in the event.

JD-S Ministers, however, kept away from the day-long state-sponsored celebrations, held in all the district headquarters, including Ballari, Mysuru, Kodagu, Mangaluru, Raichur and Hubbali.

Eldest son of Sultan Hyder Ali, Tipu (1750-1799) is also hailed as the "Tiger of Mysore" for fighting the British Company's advances and protecting his kingdom.

Tipu was killed in a battle with the in 1799 while defending his fort at Srirangapatna near Mysuru, about 120km from here.

"is being celebrated all over the state. His progressive measures in administration and quest for innovation are commendable," said Kumaraswamy in a message on the occasion.

In a related development, about 70 BJP men, including its K.G. Bopaiah, were detained by the police at Somwarpet in district for protesting against the event.

"The BJP protesters were taken away from the function venue and detained due to ban order imposed in the district to maintain law and order," a police told IANS from Madikeri, about 270km from here.

Commenting on the absence of the and his Deputy at the main event, the BJP's state unit said in a tweet: "CM Kumaraswamy missing! While the Congress-JD-S coalition government is celebrating a tyrant Tipu, the CM himself goes into hiding, what is the point of celebrating a fanatic when CM himself abandons a government function."

"Glorifying a mass murderer for clearly shows mindset of this government," said the opposition party in another tweet.

The Congress began celebrating the birth in 2015 to honour him as a patriot.

Zamir Khan, along with a few Muslim clerics including Hazrat Maulana Saheb Rasadi Sagir visited former and senior Congress Siddaramaiah's official residence in the city and presented him a sword and a traditional headgear similar to that worn by Tipu.

"We are celebrating Tipu's Jayanti to mark a patriotic, secular, and a generous Tipu is not confined to any one religion, but to the nation," tweeted later.

Accusing the BJP of politicising the event, Shivakumar said Tipu was a great warrior who had struggled for the freedom of his kingdom.

"History of Tipu and his greatness was endorsed by while addressing us on October 25, 2017 in the same place (Vidhana Soudha). I don't know why the BJP is making an issue of it," said Shivakumar.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:54 IST