If I am Siddu Khan then BSY must be Yeddi Khan: For­mer CM

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

“IF I am Siddu Khan then Yeddyurappa who also cel­e­brated Tipu Jayanti must be Yeddi Khan,” shot back for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah.

Re­act­ing sharply against BJP spokesper­son G Mad­husud­han call­ing him ‘Siddu Khan’, he de­fended Tipu Jayanti cel­e­bra­tions started by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment headed by him.

He said for­mer chief min­is­ter Ja­gadish Shet­tar wrote a pref­ace to book on Tipu Sul­tan au­thoured by for­mer vice-chan­cel­lor Prof B Sheikh Ali. While, for­mer min­is­ters R Ashok, and Sri­ra­mulu and MP P C Mo­han were seen wear­ing Tipu tur­bans, what name will the BJP give them, he asked.

Re­fut­ing MP Nalinku­mar Ka­teel’s con­ver­sion re­mark, Sid­dara­ma­iah said peo­ple with in­hu­man qual­i­ties are the ones who in­dulge in con­ver­sion.

Ac­cus­ing that the BJP is known for dou­ble-stran­dard in op­pos­ing to other re­li­gions, he took ex­cep­tion for al­leg­ing Tipu as anti-Hindu and anti-Kan­nada and de­fended his govern­ment start­ing 13 Jayan­tis.

Sid­dara­ma­iah said the op­po­si­tion party lacks knowl­edge on Tipu’s con­tri­bu­tion and should re­spect his pa­tron­age to tem­ples and Mutts.

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