Tipu Jayanti: Here's why BJP leaders oppose Congress' celebration in Karnataka

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Despite continued controversy, the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom Tipu Sultan is being celebrated by the Congress-led Karnataka government in the state today. Mr. Rosario said that the group has collected matters on Tipu Sultan's alleged atrocities on Christians.

Speaking to ANI, Renuka Sukumar, DCP Karnataka said, "Have detained more than 150 BJP workers in Hubli protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebration". Tipu Jayanti is being observed since 2015 following a government decision, which had triggered a major row and caused violence in Kodagu district that year.

City BJP President Dr. B.H. Manjunath, leader L. Nagendra, Samiti Convenors M.K. Prem Kumar and H.D. Griridhar, former State Women's Commission Chairperson Manjula Manasa and others were present. In addition, 6,000 home guards and 202 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) will also be deployed. However, opposition BJP and some outfits are opposed to Tipu Jayanti celebrations. Requests to take out protest marches and processions have been rejected.

To avoid any such mishap this year, the government has refrained from taking the unneeded chances and deployed the additional forces across Karnataka's southern region including Bengaluru, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysuru and Mangaluru.

According to the Newspaper, All security arrangements will be made to maintain law and order in the city.

More details about the incident are awaited. Senior IPS officers will man these districts. They will ask residents not to pay heed to rumours and circulate any sensitive message without verifying its authenticity. To prevent any untoward incidents Udupi Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of IPC.

Union minister Anantkumar Hegde wrote to the state government saying he should not be invited to the event because Tipu was a "brutal killer, wretched fanatic, and mass rapist".

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