Updated: November 10, 2017 12:50:32 pm
The Congress government in Karnataka is celebrating Tipu Jayanti on Friday amid tight security. The Siddaramaiah-led government in Karnataka has been celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler for the past three years to honour him as a freedom fighter. Tipu Sultan died fighting the British. Right-wing Hindu groups are, however, opposed to the celebrations as they see Tipu Sultan as a barabaric ruler who carried out forceful conversions.
12.40 pm: DCP Karnataka Renuka Sukumar said more than 150 BJP workers protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebration in Hubli were detained, ANI reported.
12.15 pm: Meanwhile, celebrations continue outside Bengaluru’s Tipu Sultan Palace on Tipu Jayanti where members of Tipu Sultan United Front have assembled.
12.06 pm: While the BJP has been consistent in its vehement protests against the “glorification” of Tipu Sultan by the Congress, it was left-faced when President Ram Nath Kovind praised the 18th-century Mysore ruler in the Karnataka Assembly. Karnataka BJP tried to cover up by claiming that it was Chief Minister Siddaramiah’s office which wrote the speech for the President.
11.51 am: BJP workers take part in anti-Tipu Jayanti protests in Karnataka’s Hubli and Kodagu. Protesters detained by Police at both places, reported ANI.
11.32 am: Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar told PTI, “We are not giving permission to any procession, whether it is in favour of Tipu Jayanti or against it. The government itself is celebrating the event in various parts of the city for which we have made elaborate arrangements.”
He said 30 Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP) platoons and 25 armed platoons, besides policemen and officers of city police will be deployed. “There will be more than 11,000 policemen all over the city. Besides the regular police, we will deploy Home Guard personnel,” Suneel Kumar said.
11.22 am: No procession will be allowed in the city that is related to Tipu Jayanti, except for the one organised by the state government, police said on Thursday.
10.40 am: A descendant of Tipu Sultan had demanded an unconditional apology from Union minister Anantkumar Hegde for describing the the ruler as a “mass rapist” and “brutal killer”. Hegde made the comment when he asked not to be invited for celebrations on Tipu Sultan Jayanti. Read more here.
10.30 am: Demanding that India’s history should be rewritten, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had said there should be a debate on Tipu Sultan.
10.20 am: BJP leaders have said the Tipu Jayanti celebrations are “a deliberate attempt to stoke communal tensions” and “a blatant attempt at vote bank politics”. Opposing historical narratives have frequently been used as ammunition in political battles — a tendency that has quickened alongside calls for “rewriting” Indian history in a “nationalist” mould. Read more here.
10.15 am: Last week, Karnataka High Court asked if the expenditure to be incurred on Tipu Jayanti celebrations had the “authority” of the state budget. View From The Right: Tipu, the tyrant? Read the opinion here.
9.55 am: BJP workers in the state had threatened to stage protests on November 10 against the celebration of Tipu Jayanti.
9.50 am: A resident of the Kodagu region of Karnataka, K P Manjunath, had filed the plea for a stay on the celebration of Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary by the Congress government, citing incidents of violence that occurred in Kodagu in 2015 during Tipu Jayanti celebrations and the historical animosity among the people of the region towards the 18th century ruler. On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court division bench rejected a plea against celebration of the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of Mysore.
9.40 am: Section 144 has been imposed in Kodagu ahead of Tipu Jayanti celebrations. The District Administration officials said the security has been tightened, reported ANI.
9.35 am: Stones thrown at a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus in Madikeri during protests against Tipu Jayanti celebrations. In 2015, right-wing groups clashed with Muslim groups that took out a rally to Madikeri town in Kodagu district.
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