Mangalorean Christians, Kannadigas are opposed to Tipu Jayanti, claims BJP

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BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje said that Tipu was anti-Kannada and anti-Hindu, all the Kannadigas are opposing it. Shobha added that she had told government that they shouldn't celebrate Tipu Jayanti from government's side but they are into vote-bank politics.

Siddaramaiah added that "As part of government, he (Hedge) shouldn't have written it".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah censured Hegde for distancing himself from the festivities and blamed him of politicizing the issue.

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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from the state Prahlad Joshi has alleged that Tipu Sultan was "anti-Hindu, anti-Kannada and exploited India".

After witnessing major clash in 2015 in state over the celebrations of Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the Karnataka Government a year ago chose to make the event an annual affair. "There were four wars against the British and Tipu fought them all". Opposition to the event has been stiff especially in Kodagu district, where violence erupted in 2015. In 2016, the government shifted the responsibility for organising the celebrations from the Minority Department to the Kannada and Culture Department, to make it a cultural event.

Hegde had also written an official letter to the state asking not to include his name for the event.

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Reacting sharply to Hegde's letter, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that Hegde should not have written this letter as he was part of the government. However, State BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa clarified that the leaders' stand was their individual call.

Mr. Ashok came down heavily on the State government for organising Tipu Jayanti, which he termed was " a deliberate attempt to stoke communal tensions in the State". However, protocol mandates that his name is integrated into invites for all government events conducted in the district. She claimed that Tipu Sultan was anti-Kannada and that opposition to the event was widespread.

Ananth Kumar Hegde became a minister in the union cabinet earlier this year as minister of state for skill development.

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