Tipu Jayanti: Here's why BJP leaders oppose Congress' celebration in Karnataka

10 November, 2017, 11:24 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday refused to grant a stay on the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. DH file

"Have detained more than 150 BJP workers in Hubli protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebrations", said Renuka Sukumar, Karnataka DCP.

A large number of policemen have been deployed in the sensitive places.

Despite continued controversy on celebrating Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary, this year, the Congress-led Karnataka government is going ahead with the celebration.

However, the Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot, who fought against the British.

But the decision met with resistance from the right wing parties.

The practice of celebrating the erstwhile Mysore King's birth anniversary, began two years ago.

Heavy security forces have to deployed to cover the event for ensuring the peaceful celebration.

File image of Tipu Sultan.

"If BJP's elected representatives don't want to participate, we have told district administrations to remove their names from the invitations", she added.Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "I have instructed police to act tough against those who try to disturb communal harmony".

Asked about the silence of Christian religious heads on Tipu Jayanti, Mr. Rosario said he too was surprised.

The Kanara Christians, a city-based group opposing Tipu Jayanti, has planned a movie to highlight the alleged tyranny of Tipu Sultan to those in coastal areas.

Bengaluru (Karnataka): Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Sunil Kumar on Thursday ordered to restrict all kinds of public procession in Karnataka tomorrow to prevent any untoward incident on the occasion of Tipu Jayanti."No pro- or anti-Tipu procession will be permitted in the city. The government itself is celebrating the event in various parts of the city for which we have made elaborate arrangements". "We have not made any preventive arrests so far but if the situation rises, section 144 (prohibitory order) may be imposed", Kumar said.

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