Kar­nataka CM and deputy miss Tipu Sul­tan fes­tiv­i­ties

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

bengaluru — Kar­nataka on Satur­day cel­e­brated the 269th birth an­niver­sary of erst­while Mysore (My­suru) ruler Tipu Sul­tan and the one per­son who was con­spic­u­ously miss­ing from the fes­tiv­i­ties was Chief Min­is­ter H.D. Ku­maraswamy.

Even Deputy Chief Min­is­ter G. Paramesh­wara, who was slated to in­au­gu­rate the state cel­e­bra­tions here, did not make it to the event.

Se­cu­rity was tight­ened as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protested against the Vid­hana Soudha cel­e­bra­tion comem­o­rat­ing “tyrant Tipu” that was even­tu­ally presided over by Water Re­sources Min­is­ter D.K. Shivaku­mar of the Con­gress.

Mi­nor­ity Wel­fare Min­is­ter B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaya­mala of the Con­gress were also part of the cel­e­bra­tions, al­though its al­liance part­ner — Janata Dal-Sec­u­lar (JD-S) — stayed away from the state-spon­sored event.

In fact, Ku­maraswamy’s name

was miss­ing from the of­fi­cial in­vite. The Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice though said that he was rest­ing for three days from Satur­day on the ad­vice of his doc­tors.

Se­cu­rity was tight­ened around the assem­bly build­ing in Bengaluru, and in My­suru, Kodagu and Man­galuru to main­tain peace, a po­lice of­fi­cer said. Sev­eral BJP cadres were de­tained in Madik­eri in Kodagu dis­trict and Man­galuru.

Cel­e­bra­tions were also held across the state’s dis­trict head­quar­ters de­spite the BJP-spon­sored protests. “Govern­ment is ob­serv­ing the birth an­niver­sary of Tipu Sul­tan all over the state. Tipu’s pro­gres­sive mea­sures in ad­min­is­tra­tion, his quest for in­no­va­tion are com­mend­able,” a state­ment from Ku­maraswamy’s of­fice said.

“The chief min­is­ter is tak­ing rest on doc­tor’s ad­vice, and hence is un­able to take part in the pro­gramme. It is far from truth that he isn’t tak­ing part due to the fear of los­ing power, as he op­poses such blind be­liefs,” the state­ment added.

“Paramesh­wara had few prior en­gage­ments due to which he had to visit Sin­ga­pore,” Mi­nor­ity Wel­fare Min­is­ter Khan said.

“CM Ku­maraswamy miss­ing! While Con­gress-JD-S govern­ment is cel­e­brat­ing a tyrant Tipu, the CM him­self goes into hid­ing, what is the point of cel­e­brat­ing a fa­natic when CM him­self aban­dons a govern­ment func­tion. Glori­fy­ing a mass mur­derer for vote bank clearly shows mind­set of this govern­ment,” the state unit BJP tweeted.

The Con­gress be­gan cel­e­brat­ing the birth an­niver­sary of the 18th cen­tury ruler on Novem­ber 10 since 2015 to hon­our him as a pa­triot and for his yeo­man ser­vice to the peo­ple in the south­ern re­gion.

Khan, along with few Mus­lim cler­ics, vis­ited for­mer chief min­is­ter and Con­gress leader Sid­dara­ma­iah’s res­i­dence in the city and pre­sented him a sword and tra­di­tional head­gear sim­i­lar to that worn by Tipu.

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. Tipu was killed in a bat­tle with the Bri­tish army in 1799 while de­fend­ing his fort at Sri­ran­ga­p­atna near My­suru. —


Hindu Sena ac­tivists stage a protest over the cel­e­bra­tion of ‘Tipu Jayanti’ at Jan­tar Man­tar in New Delhi on Satur­day. —

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