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

Bengaluru has come under a thick security blanket ahead of the "Tipu Jayanti" celebrations organised across the state by the government on Friday to mark the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom.

File image of Tipu Sultan.

Earlier, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from the state Prahlad Joshi had alleged that Tipu Sultan was "anti-Hindu, anti-Kannada and exploited India". A year ago celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.

This year also, the Siddaramaiah-led government is all set to celebrate Tipu Jayanti despite widespread protests and violence that had marred celebrations in the last two years.

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As many as 13,000 policemen, along with personnel of the Garud Commando Force, 30 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 20 platoons of the City Armed Reserve (CAR), will be deployed in sensitive and hypersensitive areas to prevent any untoward incident.

Hussain said: "Karnataka government is not paying attention to the problem of the public, the poor, and the farmers, but they are really anxious about Tipu Sultan". In Kodagu, the district which was historically at odds with Tipu Sultan, prohibitory orders are in place after the district saw the worst of protests in 2015. "Orders have been issued to district heads not to allow any procession or protest rally", Pant added. "Besides the regular police, we will deploy Home Guard personnel", Suneel Kumar said. "We have identified places where Tipu Jayanthi will be celebrated, proper arrangements will be done there and we are keeping watch on anti-social elements who want to create trouble, we will be dealing with them firmly".

In the wake of Tipu Jayanti, section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that prohibits assembly of more than four people was imposed in Karnataka's Kodagu on Friday, official said.

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