Karnataka govt to celebrate Tipu Jayanti tomorrow, BJP warns of protests; section 144 imposed

New Delhi, Nov 9: A day ahead of the Karnataka government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan, the BJP on Friday staged protests asking the authorities to drop the event. The protests were held at several places including Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kodagu.
The protests were organised after the JDS-Congress government in the state announced the celebration of Tipu Jayanti on November 10 in continuation of the previous Congress government’s policy. However, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will not be attending the Saturday event. The Chief Minister’s Office in a statement said that Kumaraswamy would not take part in any official function for the next three days in view of “doctors’ advice.”
“On the advice of doctors, the chief minister will take three days rest till November 11. He will spend time with family on these days and there will be no official engagements on these days,” the communique said. Minister for Minority Welfare, Haj and Wakf B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan said the chief minister had told officials beforehand that he would be away for medical check-up and hence, his name should not be mentioned in the invitation, PTI reported.