Citing public anger, the Yeddyurappa led newly formed BJP government in Karnataka has overturned previous JDS-Congress alliance government’s decision and ordered Kannada Culture Department not to celebrate Tipu Jayanti. The Congress government had started celebrating Tipu Jayanti from 2014. Hindus, especially from the Kodagu region have been protesting against it.
Our Govt has cancelled observing controversial & communal Tippu Jayanti pic.twitter.com/8kTBhzdipM
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 30, 2019
Last year too, despite protests the Kumaraswamy government had celebrated Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the 18th-century king Tipu Sultan. However, last year, the then CM HD Kumaraswamy’s name was missing from the list because the Gowdas believe that honouring the Sultan of Mysore would bring them bad luck. It is believed that whoever honours the tyrant, pays for it.
Last week, after high octane drama that lasted over two weeks, the JDS-Congress government in Karnataka collapsed after being in power for about 14 months after it could not pass the trust vote. BJP then staked claim to form the government and BS Yeddyurappa swore in as the chief minister. Yesterday Yeddyurappa was able to prove his majority on the floor of the assembly.