Tipu Jayanthi low-key amid protests, CM gives it a miss Three BJP legislators arrested in Kodagu
D.K. Shivakumar inaugurates event in Bengaluru
Protests by the BJP and rightwing outfits, coupled with the no-show of Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and his Deputy G. Parameshwara, marked the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations on Saturday.
This was the first Tipu Jayanthi after the coalition government came to power in the State in May. However, it turned out to be a low-key affair as both the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister skipped the event organised at the Banquet Hall of Vidhana Soudha.
Water Resources Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar inaugurated the event and paid floral tribute to Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of the Mysore kingdom.
Mr. Kumaraswamy did not attend the event citing doctor’s advice to take rest for three days. While he was in the Opposition, he had questioned the need for Tipu Jayanthi celebrations — a move started by the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in 2015.
Following the Chief Minister’s decision to skip the event, reports had emerged about a difference of opinion between the ruling coalition partners over the celebrations.
However, on Saturday Mr. Kumaraswamy tweeted: “The government will observe Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary today across the State. We salute his valour against the British forces. His progressive measures in administration were equally commendable.”
Mr. Parameshwara did not attend the event as he had to leave for Singapore. Tipu Jayanthi was celebrated in Kodagu on Saturday amid protests from the BJP. Three BJP legislators — Appachu Ranjan, Sunil Subramani and K.G. Bopaiah — along with scores of party activists were taken into custody.
Floral tribute: Minister D.K. Shivakumar at the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations in Bengaluru on Saturday.