HC de­clines to stay Tipu Jayanti events

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The Kar­nataka High Court on Fri­day de­clined to pass any in­terim or­der against cel­e­brat­ing Tipu Jayanti. The court, how­ever, ad­journed the hear­ing of the pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion filed by Madik­eri res­i­dent K P Man­ju­nath for three weeks. The pe­ti­tioner had chal­lenged Tipu Jayanti cel­e­bra­tion by the state gov­ern­ment on Sat­ur­day. He op­posed the cel­e­bra­tion be­ing funded by the state gov­ern­ment. Dur­ing the hear­ing, ad­vo­cate Pa­vanachan­dra Shetty pressed on the prayer for in­terim re­lief as against the hold­ing of the event/cel­e­bra­tions this year. CHIEF MIN­IS­TER HD Ku­maraswamy won’t take part in state’s of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tions on Tipu Jayanti to­day. The CMO on Fri­day re­leased a press note that the Chief Min­is­ter will not have any of­fi­cial en­gage­ments for three days cit­ing health rea­sons.

While the Congress and JD(S) de­fended the CM’s de­ci­sion to re­cuse him­self from the cel­e­bra­tions over health con­cerns, Congress in­sid­ers ac­knowl­edge that his ab­sence has left the party em­bar­rassed. HDK’s de­ci­sion to skip cel­e­bra­tions has also given space for the BJP to take jibes at the coali­tion.

“On the ad­vice of doc­tors, CM will take three days rest till No­vem­ber 11. He will spend time with fam­ily on th­ese days and there will be no of­fi­cial en­gage­ments on th­ese days,” read an of­fi­cial state­ment from the CMO on Fri­day.

The BJP that has been protest­ing against Tipu Jayanti called the press note ‘an af­ter­thought’. “The Chief Min­is­ter’s name is not on the in­vite and that makes the Congress’ in­ten­tions very clear. More­over, HDK, who has seen how peo­ple of My­suru de­cided to de­feat Sid­dara­ma­iah over Tipu Jayan­thi, doesn’t want to earn the wrath of peo­ple by com­mit­ting the same mis­take,” said Malavika Av­inash, spokesper­son, BJP.

While Congress lead­ers in­clud­ing KPCC Chief Di­nesh Gundu Rao and Mi­nori­ties af­fairs min­is­ter Zameer Ahmed de­fended the CM, party in­sid­ers be­lieve that it has em­bar­rassed the coali­tion. “There were dis­agree­ments over the venue. The Deputy CM wanted the event in Ravin­dra Kalak­shetra and Ku­maraswamy didn’t see the need for a shift of venues when all Jayanti are cel­e­brated in the Ban­quet Hall,” said a Congress party of­fice bearer.

The source added that HDK skip­ping the event will have no im­pact on the gov­ern­ment’s cel­e­bra­tions in all dis­tricts. “Dis­trict-in charge min­is­ters, in­clud­ing JD(S) min­is­ters, will be present,” the source added.

The JD(S) de­fended HDK’s de­ci­sion to sit out of the cel­e­bra­tions even as pro-and against de­bates rage on over Tipu Jayanti. “It is un­true that the Chief Min­is­ter doesn’t want to be part of cel­e­bra­tions. It is the doc­tor’s prerog­a­tive to sug­gest rest as and when re­quired,” said TA Sar­a­vana, MLC, JD(S).

NAGESH POLALI

(left) Mem­bers of Veera Kan­nadiga Tipu Sene dur­ing a protest in Ben­galuru re­cently; (right) HD Ku­maraswamy |

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