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BEN­GALURU: Kar­nataka on Satur­day cel­e­brated the 269th birth an­niver­sary (Jayanti) of erst­while Mysore (My­suru) ruler Tipu Sul­tan amid protests by the op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an of­fi­cial said. “Tipu Jayanti was cel­e­brated peace­fully on his birth an­niver­sary un­der tight se­cu­rity de­spite protests by BJP lead­ers and cadres in the state,” a Kan­nada and Cul­ture De­part­ment of­fi­cial said. Chief Min­is­ter H.D. Ku­maraswamy of the JDS and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter G. Paramesh­wara of the Con­gress were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent at the main event, held in the leg­isla­tive build­ing in the city cen­tre. “Ku­maraswamy is un­able to at­tend the func­tion, as he is tak­ing rest on doc­tor’s ad­vice,” said a state­ment from the CM’s of­fice, ex­plain­ing his ab­sence and deny­ing that he kept away from the event due to the fear of los­ing power, as he is against such blind be­liefs. “Paramesh­wara could not be present at the func­tion as he flew to Sin­ga­pore to visit our ail­ing party leader Chen­ni­gappa, who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment in a pri­vate hos­pi­tal there,” state Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter and Con­gress leader D.K. Shivaku­mar said. “BJP protesters were taken away from the func­tion venue and de­tained due to ban or­der im­posed in the district,” a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

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