The Asian Age - - Nation -

Ben­galuru: Protests by BJP and right- wing out­fits broke out in sev­eral parts of Kar­nataka on Satur­day against “Tipu Jayan­thi” cel­e­bra­tions, which were held amid tight se­cu­rity, while chief min­is­ter H. D. Kumaraswamy and his deputy skipped the main event here, draw­ing dis­ap­proval from rul­ing Con­gress law­mak­ers. The pre­vi­ous Con­gress gov­ern­ment led by Sid­dara­ma­iah be­gan cel­e­brat­ing the birth an­niver­sary of con­tro­ver­sial 18th cen­tury Mysore king­dom ruler Tipu Sul­tan on Novem­ber 10 ev­ery year since 2015, amid stiff op­po­si­tion from the BJP and sev­eral Hindu or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups. When in the op­po­si­tion, Kumaraswamy had ques­tioned the need for such cel­e­bra­tions. The main event at Vid­hana Soudha, the state sec­re­tar­iat here, turned out to be lack­lus­tre on Satur­day, as Kumaraswamy, who is of JD( S), skipped it cit­ing ad­vice by doc­tors to take rest for three days till Novem­ber 11. Deputy chief min­is­ter G. Paramesh­wara, who is of Con­gress, was also not present as he was re­port­edly in Sin­ga­pore to visit an ail­ing se­nior politi­cian from Kar­nataka. As BJP and other right- wing out­fits protested against the Jayan­thi, Vid­hana Soudha turned into a fortress with multi- layer se­cu­rity.

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