Upping the ante against Congress government over the celebrations of “Tipu Jayanti”, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday asked the party cadre to scale up the protests against Tipu Jayanti on November 10. Speaking at an “anti-Tipu Jayanti” rally in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa asked the party cadre to observe November 10 as a “black day” and court arrest on the tenth of November. Yeddyurappa declared that within 24-hours of coming to power, the BJP government would cancel Tipu Jayanti. Tipu Jayanti, slated to be celebrated across the state on November 10, is being observed since last year following a Congress government decision, which had triggered a major row and caused violence in Kodagu district in November last.
Tipu Sultan was the 18th century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom, on whose reign academics, historians, and eminent public personalities hold differing views, often engaging in public sparring. Tipu Sultan is treated by some as a “religious bigot” who ruthlessly killed and converted people to Islam, while others consider him as a great secular ruler who fought against the British.
Yeddyurappa also said that he would call the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Wednesday and explain him the precarious law and order situation in Karnataka. All the cases of murder of RSS or BJP workers that have taken place in Karnataka must be referred to the National Investigating Agency (NIA), for revealing the mystery behind it, he said.
Flaying the Siddaramaiah government, he said ‘the beginning of the end of the Congress rule’ in the state has begun. “At the most, Siddaramaiah can carry on his Tughlak Durbar for one year,” he said.