Kar­nataka cel­e­brates Tipu Jayanti amid protests by BJP

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

BEN­GALURU: Kar­nataka on Satur­day cel­e­brated the 269th birth an­niver­sary (Jayanti) of erst­while Mysore (My­suru) ruler Tipu Sul­tan amid protests by the op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party, an official said.

“Tipu Jayanti was cel­e­brated peace­fully on his birth an­niver­sary un­der tight se­cu­rity de­spite protests by BJP lead­ers and cadres in the state,” a Kan­nada and Cul­ture Depart­ment official said.

State Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy of the JD-S and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara of the Congress were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent at the main event, held in the leg­isla­tive build­ing in the city cen­tre.

“Ku­maraswamy is un­able to at­tend the func­tion, as he is taking rest on doc­tor’s ad­vice,” said a state­ment from the Chief Min­is­ter’s of­fice, ex­plain­ing his ab­sence and deny­ing that he kept away from the event due to the fear of los­ing power, as he is against such blind be­liefs.

Paramesh­wara also could not be present at the main func­tion as he was out of the coun­try. “Paramesh­wara could not be present at the func­tion as he flew to Sin­ga­pore to visit our ail­ing party leader Chen­ni­gappa, who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment in a pri­vate hospi­tal there,” state Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter and Congress leader D K Shivaku­mar told re­porters af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the Jayanti.

Congress min­is­ters, in­clud­ing Jaya­mala, Zameer Khan, U T Khader and party leg­is­la­tor Roshan Baig also par­tic­i­pated in the event. JD-S Min­is­ters, how­ever, kept away from the day-long state-spon­sored cel­e­bra­tions, held in all the district head­quar­ters.

El­dest son of Sul­tan Hy­der Ali, Tipu (1750-1799) is also hailed as the “Tiger of Mysore” for fight­ing the Bri­tish East In­dia Com­pany’s ad­vances and pro­tect­ing his king­dom.

Tipu was killed in a bat­tle with the Bri­tish army in 1799 while de­fend­ing his fort at Sri­ran­ga­p­atna near My­suru, about 120 km from here.

“Tipu’s birth an­niver­sary is be­ing cel­e­brated all over the state. His pro­gres­sive mea­sures in ad­min­is­tra­tion and quest for in­no­va­tion are com­mend­able,” said Ku­maraswamy in a mes­sage on the oc­ca­sion.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, about 70 BJP men, in­clud­ing its Vi­ra­jpet leg­is­la­tor K G Bopa­iah, were de­tained by the po­lice at Somwar­pet in Kodagu district for protest­ing against the event.

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