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Row erupts over Karna govt plans to celebrate Muslim rule

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

After the row over Tipu Jayanti, the government's plans to to celebrate the bygone era of Bahmani Sultanate's culture and art has become a new bone of contention between the ruling and the BJP.

While BJP expressed objections to the proposed "Bahmani Utsava" (festival) calling the Bahmani rulers as 'killers' of Hindus and destroyers oftemples, district in-charge Sharan PrakashPatil maintained it will be a one-day celebration.

"Who are Bahmani Sultans? Who killed lakhs of Hindus, who burnt thousands of villages, who raped Hindu women, who destroyed temples.... now celebrating theirfestival ... more dangerous," saidin a tweet.

Patil said it has been decided after consultations with literary figures and others to hold the 'utsava" in

However, Chief said he was not aware of "Bahamani Utsava" celebrations.

"I do not know. What you are saying is to me. I don't know, I will enquire," he said.

was a Muslim Kingdom that ruled parts of Deccan region from around 1347-1527, with what is known now as and Bidar as its capital.

They had constantly fought with the Vijayanagararulers for supremacy over the entire Deccan region.

Talking to reporters, Karandlaje alleged that the government's plan to celebrate the "Bahmani Utsava" was with an intention to strengthen its by creating communal violence in Kalaburgi and Vijayapura regions.

"Why are such ideas coming to you. No one had an ideato celebrate Bahamani sultans' utsav till has been centuries after their period, why such ideas are coming to you. You are trying to create violence in the state with an eye on votes," she told the Congress.

Hitting out at the BJP, Patil said "They have given a statement we are celebrating jayanti, it is not jayanti it is a utsava. Theyare trying to give political colour to it, keeping election inmind...they have lost their mind."

The led Congress government has been celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan since 2015.

The BJP has been strongly opposing glorification of Tipu Sultan, saying he was a "religous bigot" who unleashed atrocities on the Hindus.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:40 IST