New Delhi: The new BS Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party government, in Karnataka, on Tuesday, cancelled the celebration of the annual birth anniversary of the 18th-century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan and ordered the state’s Kannada and culture department to not celebrate Tipu Jayanti “with immediate effect”.
The development came a day after it won the confidence motion in the state assembly. Although, the decision was taken on Monday, within three days after it came to power, at a cabinet meeting based on an application filed by BJP MLA KG Bopaiah, who requested the CM to cancel Tipu Jayanti celebrations, highlighting opposition to such celebrations, particularly in Kodagu district.
While calling it a big mistake, former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said, “The decision to discontinue Tipu Jayanti is a big mistake. Tipu was not just recognized as he is from a minority community but also because of his contribution as a ruler. He fought bravely against the British and initiated many development works.”