Kar­nataka cel­e­brates Tipu an­niver­sary

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

Kar­nataka yes­ter­day cel­e­brated the 269th birth an­niver­sary 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 Cul­ture Depart­ment official told IANS.

Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy of the Janata Dal -Sec­u­lar and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara of the Congress were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent at the main event, held in the leg­isla­tive build­ing.

“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 due to the fear of los­ing power.

Paramesh­wara also could not be present as he was out of the coun­try.

“Paramesh­wara could not be present as he flew to Sin­ga­pore to visit our ail­ing party leader Chen­ni­gappa, who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a pri­vate hospi­tal there,” Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter and Congress leader D K Shivaku­mar told re­porters af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the event.

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 state­spon­sored cel­e­bra­tions, held in all district head­quar­ters, in­clud­ing Bal­lari, My­suru, Kodagu, Man­galuru, Raichur and Hub­bali.

The 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.

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