Newly appointed Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) BS Yediyurappa led BJP government in Karnataka has overturned previous JDS-Congress alliance government’s decision and ordered Kannada Culture Department not to celebrate Tipu Jayanti. Predictably, this decision has upset some of the Congress leaders.
Former CM Siddaramaiah, who considers Tipu Sultan as a builder of Karnataka, shared misleading images of present CM Yediyurappa and other senior BJP leaders in a bid to expose BJP’s ‘hypocrisy’.
Tweeting some unconnected and misleading images, Siddaramaiah claimed that BJP leaders like Yediyurappa had participated in Tippu Jayanti celebrations in the past but has now banned the celebrations to please the RSS.
ಬಿ.ಎಸ್.ಯಡಿಯೂರಪ್ಪನವರು ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕತ್ತಿ ಹಿಡಿದು ಟಿಪ್ಪು ವೇಷ ಹಾಕಿ ಕುಣಿದಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಟಿಪ್ಪು ಜಯಂತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಈಗ ಸಂಘ ಪರಿವಾರವನ್ನು ಖುಷಿಪಡಿಸಲು ಟಿಪ್ಪು ಜಯಂತಿಯನ್ನು ರದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. pic.twitter.com/gePSjztY6s
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 30, 2019
In a hurry to target the CM, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah shared images related to events that are no way related to Tippu Jayanti celebrations.
In fact, a simple google reverse search reveals that none of the pictures relate to any celebration of Tippu Jayanti attended by the senior BJP leaders.
The first image shared by Siddaramaiah is actually a picture of an event organized by the erstwhile Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP). The event was a Minority Convention organized in Bangalore on March 30, 2013. KJP was the party formed by Yediyurappa after he split from the BJP.
The second image in, which former Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar can be seen is from an Iftar party organized by BJP Minority Morcha state unit in Bangalore.
From the above pictures, it is clear the claims of Siddaramaiah regarding BJP celebrating Tippu Jayanti are false.
Perhaps, the Congress party seems to have forgotten that the practice of celebrating Tipu Jayanti was started in 2015 by Congress itself. From 2015 onwards, BJP had stayed away from such “celebrations”. Yediyurappa had even courted arrest to protest against Tipu Jayanti celebration in 2016.
This is not the first time that Congress party has shared the same images to attack BJP for its doublespeak on the issue of celebrating Tippu Jayanti. Even in 2017, Congress party had indulged in the same propaganda, which OpIndia had exposed.