Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Tipu Sultan descendants threaten legal action against Union Minister Anantkumar

Tipu Sultan descendants threaten legal action against Union Minister Anantkumar

On Sunday, the Congress tweeted pictures of state BJP leaders wearing Tipu-style turban. The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has been in thick of controversies for his anti-Islam comments and assaulting a doctor in his district a few months ago.The government's decision to celebrate the day on November 10 previous year had drawn much criticism from the BJP and the RSS, who termed this act of the Congress as "minority appeasement". While the Opposition BJP flayed the government for patronising a programme in the name of a "tyrant" and called for debate over Tipu, another section of society hailed the decision as "historic", considering Tipu's valiant struggle against the British.

"It is being made into a political issue".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also took a dig at Yeddyurappa in Mangaluru. She also claimed that a majority of the district police officials had tried to convince the State government to not hold Tipu Jayanti functions in view of law and order issues, but the government was adamant on the celebrations.

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Likewise, Gopal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), regional organising secretary has lambasted the state government with its insistence on going ahead with Tipu Jayanti.

Asked whether they would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Hedge, Ali said, "No, we have no such plans to write to the Prime Minister". "Do they know how Tipu died?" he questioned. "This explains their hypocrisy", Reddy said.

"Being part of the government, Mr. Hegde shouldn't have written such a letter".

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MPs Nalin Kumar Kateel and Suresh Angadi, Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Basanagouda Yatnal and a few other legislators have refused to attend the celebrations and said that if there is any celebration in the names of late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam or Veer Savarkar, they would be happy to be a part of it, instead of Tipu Jayanti.

A BJP source with knowledge about the photographs told TNM that the pictures were clicked during several Iftar parties organised by the BJP Minority Morch. "It was from an award ceremony of the party's minority morcha, where we were given headgears and swords", he said.

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