Ananth Kumar Hegde Asks Karnataka Govt Not to Invite Him to Tipu Jayanti Event

Source: | Published on 5th November 2018, 10:29 PM | Coastal News | National News |

New Delhi: Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has conveyed to the Karnataka government not to invite him to the event of Tipu Sultan Jayanti on November 10.  The BJP leader had also written a letter to the state chief secretary.

The letter stated, “Union minister Hegde condemns government’s move to celebrate Tipu Jayanti on Nov 10 despite opposition from people. I’d like to inform you to not mention my (Hegde’s) name in the invitee’s list for the event.”

Mr. Hegde had made a similar request last year. In 2016, he had flayed the government for celebrating Tipu Jayanti despite opposition from some sections of society living in coastal belts and Kodagu areas, claiming that the ruler was “against Kannada language and anti-Hindu”.

The birth anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of the princely state of Mysore, has been held on November 10 by the state government since 2016.

On Sunday, the Karnataka government charged BJP with trying to disturb communal harmony and warned of stern action against those trying to violate law and order that day.

“BJP has been trying to disturb communal harmony on the Tipu Jayanti issue. We will not allow them to do it. Any attempt to disrupt law and order will be dealt with an iron hand,” Deputy Chief minister G Parameshwara had told reporters.

The event would take place without any disturbance, irrespective of protests, he said.

The government’s decision to celebrate the day on November 10 had drawn flak from BJP and the RSS, who had termed it as “minority appeasement”.

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