Tipu Sultan continues to be a divisive determine in Karnataka.
The BJP in Karnataka on Friday mentioned that the choice of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to avoid the official beginning anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan tomorrow has uncovered the “duplicity” and “pseudo secularism” of the ruling alliance within the state.
The BJP has been protesting in opposition to the celebrations and is making ready for main protests on Saturday.
The celebration has lengthy opposed the state authorities organising the official beginning anniversary celebrations of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of Mysore, saying the annual occasion is a gimmick to appease the Muslim neighborhood.
The beginning anniversary celebrations began by the earlier Congress regime have been continued by the coalition authorities.
“The absence of Mr Kumaraswamy from the Tipu beginning anniversary celebrations exposes the duplicity and the pseudo secularism of the ruling alliance,” BJP spokesperson S Prakash mentioned.
He mentioned the identify of HD Kumaraswamy “was not even printed” on the invitation card for the beginning centenary operate in state capital Bengaluru. “He has no beliefs, he simply needs to be in energy,” Mr Prakash mentioned.
Greater than 200 years after his dying, Tipu Sultan continues to be a divisive determine in Karnataka. Many individuals see him as a valiant freedom fighter. The BJP and right-wing teams say that the 18th century ruler was a tyrant and preserve their protest isn’t “communal.”
R Ashok, BJP chief and former House Minister informed NDTV: “This isn’t a communal protest. We honour Muslim individuals for his or her sacrifice for the nation. However Tipu demolished temples and church buildings – and killed individuals. He isn’t a freedom fighter. Don’t waste public cash on these celebrations.”
The BJP leaders mentioned the protests might be peaceable, however the state authorities, taking no possibilities, has deployed heavy safety. A flag march was held in Kodagu district in Southern Karnataka the place a violent protest had claimed a life within the first 12 months of protests in opposition to the official celebration. One other man had died in Dakshina Kannada district that 12 months. These districts have been among the many areas that had traditionally felt the best impression of Tipu’s rule.
Chief Minister Kumaraswamy informed NDTV: “The celebrations might be peaceable. I’ve given course to all our cops to care for the widespread man. I’ve additionally given course that motion should be taken in opposition to whoever is disturbing any authorities operate.”
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