STORM ERUPTS OVER ‘ TIPU JAYANTHI’ EVENT
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.