The row over Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebration has taken a new turn after a photo of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa was surfaced today. In the photo Yeddyurappa is seen dressed as Tipi Sultan, reportedly, the picture is from 2012.
Taking a dig at BJP state president Yeddyurappa over the photo, Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has asked, “What changed in these four years.” He was referring to the protest observed by BJP against the celebration of Tipu Sultan Jayanti in the state.
But despite the throwback, BJP maintained its stand that Tipu Sultan was a tyrant and a murderer of Hindus, so his Jayanti (birth anniversary) should not be celebrated, while Congress said he was a freedom fighter.
Before this, scores of BJP workers, including Yeddyurappa were arrested today. They were protesting against Siddaramaiah for Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebration and killings of RSS and party activists in the state.
“Arrested while protesting against the Cong government for celebrating Tippu Jayanti. Will scrap this Jayanti within 24hrs of forming BJP govt in 2018,” Yeddyurappa Tweeted.
Talking to media, former chief minister Yeddyurappa said that he met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to refer the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the killings of the BJP and RSS workers.
The Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot who fought against the British. However, the BJP and the RSS views are completely different from those of the state government, who regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch and for his biasness against Hindus.
(with inputs from ANI)