The Tipu Jayanti is back in Karnataka and so is the politics surrounding it.
The politics this time is all the more pronounced as state Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy decided to skip the state event to celebrate birth anniversary of erstwhile Mysuru’s ruler.
The event will now be launched by deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara of the Congress.
But protests were witnessed in Madikeri against the state-sponsored Tipu Jayanti event.
The protests were vehement and there were even scuffles with police personnel.
It is in this context that the section 144 has been imposed in the area after the protests.
Last week, the Karnataka government had decided to proceed with the Tipu Sultan birth anniversary celebrations.
But the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has continue to voice their opposition.
Many BJP legislators have asked the Congress-JD(S) government to not invite them for the function celebrating the 18th-century ruler’s birth anniversary.
Tipu Sultan was the ruler of erstwhile Mysore in the 18th century and was killed in May 1799 when he was defending his fort at Srirangapatna against the British forces.>