Update at 11:36 am: Siddaramaiah defends Tipu Jayanti, says he was a secular ruler who had Hindus in key administrative roles. Built many temples including in Srirangapatna, Mysuru and Sringeri. He fought 4 wars against the British. Laid foundatuon for Silk production.
Update at 11:30 am: Congress leader Siddharamaiah celebrates Tipu Jayanti in Karnataka
Update at 9:40 am: The government is wasting public money in the name of Tipu Jayanti. Tipu is not a warrior, he killed so many Hindus and also attacked temples. Why are they glorifying a man like him?: Sajjal Krishnan, BJP district secretary
Update at 9:06 am:
Security forces detain groups protesting celebrations:
Update at 9:06 am:
Security ramped up in Karnataka in view of Tipu Jayanti:
Security has been stepped up across Karnataka in view of the birthday celebration (Jayanti) of the Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan on Saturday by the ruling coalition partner Congress despite protests by the opposition BJP.
"We have tightened security across the state and deployed additional forces in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kodagu and Mangaluru for peaceful celebration of Tipu Jayanti," a police officer told reporters on Friday.
Karnataka Deputy CM and Home Minister G Parameshwara held a meeting with top cops and government officials regarding the preparations for Tipu Jayanthi celebrations in the state. Issues regarding security and permission for event were discussed in the meeting.
Following was the outcome of the meeting:
The event has been shrouded by controversy ever since it's inception. This year again, the BJP has opposed Tipu Jayanthi celebrations by the Karnataka government. Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde's OSD had written to the chief secretary of Karnataka and informed him not to invite him for the event. The BJP had also raised objections saying that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had opposed Tipu Jayanthi celebrations when he was in the opposition.
Briefing the media G Parameshwara had this to say on the issue. "The Karnataka government is taking all necessary precautions to ensure Tipu Jayanthi celebrations go on peacefully. Kumaraswamy made this statement while he was in the opposition and he only represented the JD(S). Now, there is a coalition government so he has to take a call that will be accepted by both the political party's." he had said.