HC declines to stay Tipu Jayanti events
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).
(left) Members of Veera Kannadiga Tipu Sene during a protest in Bengaluru recently; (right) HD Kumaraswamy |