Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary celebrations have once again led to protests in Karnataka.
The Congress began observing Tipu Jayanti on November 10 since 2015. And, like every year, the Bharatiya Janata Party has opposed the government-sponsored celebration, saying that the Tiger of Mysore killed hundreds of Hindus and Muslims during his rule.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is keeping a distance from the whole controversy. An official statement says that he is currently on bed rest under doctor's orders and has no official engagements till November 11.
BJP MP Rakesh Chandrasekhar criticises Siddaramaiah's involvement in Tipu Jayanti celebrations
"There was a time (long ago) whn @siddaramaiah was respected as a leader n administrator - now hes reduced to this. - a sad pathetic leader trying desperatly to corner some vote bank or the other aftr hvng barely scraped thru his elections,(sic)" BJP MP Rakesh Chandrasekhar tweeted.
Kumaraswamy lauds Tipu's administration tactics
"Tipu's progressive measures in administration, his quest for innovation are commendable," says Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. However, he could not attend the celebrations due to bed rest ordered by the doctors.
S Yeddyurappa calls out Tipu Jayanti celebrations
The former Karnataka chief minister tweeted, "We are opposing Tipu Jayanti celebration. Nobody will appreciate this celebration. In the interest of the state, state govt must stop it. Government's intention behind Tipu Jayanti celebration is just to satisfy Muslim community."
Karnakata Minister DK Shivakumar attends the celebrations in Bengaluru
Karnakata Minister DK Shivakumar arrived at Vidhana Soudha to attend the Tipu Jayanti celebrations. While the Congress-JD(S) alliance is for celebrating Tipu's birth anniversayr, the BJP vehemently opposed it citing the 18th century ruler's intolerance towards Hindus.
BJP protesters arrested in Davangere
BJP workers were arrested in Davangere after they tried to disrupt a program by getting onto the podium.
The workers were led by District BJP president, Yeshwanth Rao Jadhav, reports Firstpost.
BJP draws similarities between Tipu Sultan and Congress
The Bharatiya Janata Party compared Tipu Sultan and the congress, commenting on how similar they are. The BJP said that both targetted Hindus, killed them and suppressed them.
Their is lot of similarities between Congress & Tippu— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) November 10, 2018
Both were anti Hindu
Both believed in suppressing Hindus
Both were responsible for Killing of Hindus
Both believed in minority appeasement
Both wanted to divide Hindus
No wonder Congress is worshipping tyrant Tippu.
'What is the point of celebrating a fanatic when CM himself abandons a govt function,' tweets BJP
"While Cong-JDS govt is celebrating a tyrant Tippu, the CM himself goes into hiding, what is the point of celebrating a fanatic when CM himself abandons a govt function. Glorifying a mass murderer just for vote bank clearly shows mindset of this govt," tweets Karnataka BJP.
CM @hd_kumaraswamy Missing!— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) November 10, 2018
While Cong-JDS govt is celebrating a tyrant Tippu, the CM himself goes into hiding, what is the point of celebrating a fanatic when CM himself abandons a govt function. Glorifying a mass murderer just for vote bank clearly shows mindset of this govt.
Security increased at Tipu's tomb
Security has been increased at Tipu Sultan's tomb located at Gumbaz mausoleum at Srirangapatna.
However, celebrations are underway at Tipu's summer palace in Bengaluru.
Karnataka Minority Welfare Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan meets Fmr CM Siddaramaiah
Karnataka Minority Welfare Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan meets former CM Siddaramaiah at his residence in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Security tightened in Madikeri
Security was increased in Madikeri on Saturday morning ahead of the Tipu Jayanti celebrations. Earlier, a shutdown was called in the town by various organisations including the BJP.
Madikeri: Security has been tightened in Madikeri in the light of a shutdown called in the town against #TipuJayanti celebrations being observed today. The shutdown has been called by various organisations, including BJP and Codava National Council. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/AjPIIAzUiN— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2018
'We have taken all precautionary measures,' DCP of Kodagu says
"We have taken all precautionary measures. If somebody violates law and order, the police will take strict action," " Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu PI Srividya told news agency ANI.