K’taka govt to cel­e­brate Tipu Jayanti to­day, BJP warns of protests; se­cu­rity tight­ened

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BEN­GALURU: A day ahead of ‘Tipu Jayanti’, the BJP Fri­day staged protests against Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment-spon­sored cel­e­bra­tions for the birth an­niver­sary of the con­tro­ver­sial 18th cen­tury ruler of erst­while Mysore king­dom, Tipu Sul­tan.

The party, which has ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to drop the cel­e­bra­tions, staged demon­stra­tions at sev­eral places in­clud­ing Ben­galuru, My­suru and Kodagu, in the state.

The Jds-congress coali­tion gov­ern­ment led by Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy, last week, had said Tipu Jayanti would be cel­e­brated on No­vem­ber 10 in con­tin­u­a­tion of the pre­vi­ous Congress gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy, prompt­ing the BJP to an­nounce protests.

How­ever, Ku­maraswamy is not sched­uled to at­tend main func­tion here to be in­au­gu­rated by Deputy Chief Min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara.

The Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice in a state­ment said Fri­day that Ku­maraswamy would not take part in any of­fi­cial func­tion for the next three days in view of “doc­tors’ ad­vice.”

On the ad­vice of doc­tors, the chief min­is­ter 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, it said.

Min­is­ter for Mi­nor­ity Wel­fare, Haj and Wakf B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan said the chief min­is­ter had told of­fi­cials be­fore hand that he would be away for med­i­cal check-up and hence, his name should not be men­tioned in the in­vi­ta­tion.

Po­lice said se­cu­rity has been tight­ened at sen­si­tive places, in­clud­ing Ben­galuru, Man­galuru and Kodagu.

An of­fi­cial said the func­tion in Ben­galuru would be held at

CM Ku­maraswamy is not sched­uled to at­tend main func­tion here to be in­au­gu­rated by Dy CM Paramesh­wara

the Vid­hana Soudha, the seat of the state leg­is­la­ture, as the orig­i­nal venue, in view of rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the gov­ern­ment from Mul­sim com­mu­nity lead­ers.

Paramesh­wara, who also holds the Home port­fo­lio, had on No­vem­ber 5 an­nounced that the venue had been shifted to Ravin­dra Kalak­shetra here on ad­vice of the po­lice depart­ment ow­ing to se­cu­rity rea­sons.

He had said strict ac­tion would be taken against any­one caus­ing ri­ots or dis­turb­ing peace. Tipu Jayanti cel­e­bra­tion events should be or­gan­ised in­doors and posters and ban­ners would be al­lowed there only, he had said, adding that so­cial me­dia posts would also be mon­i­tored and ac­tion would be taken if they were deroga­tory.

For­mer Kar­nataka deputy chief min­is­ter R Ashoka and other BJP lead­ers and work­ers raise slo­gans against the State Gov­ern­ment as they op­pose the cel­e­bra­tion of ‘Tipu Jayanti’ in Ben­galuru

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