A day ahead of the 'Tipu Jayanti' celebrations in Karnataka on Saturday, BJP workers on Friday staged protests in Bengaluru, Karnataka, opposing the event.
The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate the event to mark the birth anniversary of controversial 18th-century ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom, Tipu Sultan, bringing the state under a thick security blanket, amid threats of protest by the BJP.
The state BJP, meanwhile, has urged the government to drop its decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti and not to stand on "prestige" or "ego".
BJP and some Hindu outfits see Tipu as a "religious bigot" and a "brutal killer", some Kannada outfits call him anti-Kannada, saying that he had promoted Persian at the cost of the local language.
Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, who held a meeting with senior officials about the celebration on November 10, said Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of all districts had been directed to organise event and funds for it have been released from the Kannada and Culture department.
This will be first such celebration of 'Tipu Jayanti' after Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government came to power in the state.
The previous Congress government, led by Siddaramaiah, began celebrating 'Tipu Jayanti' on November 10 every year since 2015, amid stiff opposition by the BJP, several Hindu organisations a...