New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 10: Various groups are protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Madikeri are now detained by police in Karnataka."The government is wasting public money in the name of Tipu Jayanti. Tipu was not a warrior, he killed so many Hindus and attacked temples. "Why are they glorifying a man like him? This is only vote bank politics. Everyone in Kodagu is opposing the celebrations," Sajjal Krishnan, BJP Kodagu secretary said.A day ahead of 'Tipu Jayanti', the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday staged protests against Karnataka government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the 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 Janata Dal (Secular)-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 in Bengaluru 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.
The previous Congress government, led by Siddaramaiah, began celebrating 'Tipu Jayanti' on November 10 every year since 2015, amid stiff opposition by the BJP, several Hindu organisations and some individuals.Widespread protests and violence had marred the celebrations during the first two years. BJP leaders, including former deputy chief minister R Ashok, B Y Raghavendra and MLC Ravi Kumar, took part in the agitation here and accused the state government of 'hurting' the sentiments of Hindus only to appease Muslims.