BJP Government In Karnataka Scraps ‘Tipu Jayanti’ Celebrations
BS Yediyurappa (Source: PTI)

BJP Government In Karnataka Scraps ‘Tipu Jayanti’ Celebrations

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The BJP government in Karnataka cancelled the annual birth anniversary celebrations of the controversial 18th century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, Tipu Sultan, being organised since 2015.

The new Yediyurappa government’s move comes within three days after it came to power and a day after it won the confidence motion in the state assembly. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government had started the celebration of Tipu Jayanti as an annual affair on Nov. 10 since 2015 and it was continued by the Congress-JD(S) coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy last year despite opposition from BJP and others.

According to an official order, the decision was taken after Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah wrote to Yediyurappa requesting him to cancel Tipu Jayanti celebrations organised annually by the state Kannada and Culture Department, highlighting opposition to such celebrations, particularly in Kodagu district.

Kodagu district was marred by widespread protests and violence during the first official celebration in 2015, during which Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) worker Kuttappa had died. BJP and right wing organisations had stiffly opposed, Tipu Jayanti celebrations, calling the ruler a “religious bigot”.

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