Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Tipu Sultan was a mass rapist: Union minister

Tipu Sultan was a mass rapist: Union minister

Mr. Hegde, as the MP for Uttara Kannada, had previous year also asked the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada not to include his name in the programme invitations.

Mr Hegde condemned the decision of the state government to continue with the birthday celebrations despite what he said was the wishes of the people and protests that led to violence.

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Pralhad Joshi, BJP MP from Dharwad, said he had not written any such letter.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has refused to be a part of the controversial Tipu Sultan Jayanti to be celebrated on November 10 in Karnataka, officials said. Also taking strong objection to the BJP's stand, chief of the United Tipu Sultan Front, Sardar Qureshi contended that those who opposed Tipu Jayanti seemed to be descendants of those, who had joined hands with the British while the Mysuru king fought them.

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In a letter dated October 14, Hegde's office informed the chief secretary of the state to inform all departments concerned with the celebrations to not include his name in invitations for the event.

Siddaramaiah added that "It is being made into a political issue". He further added that the invitations would be sent to all the leaders in the Centre and State and it was their call to either accept or reject the invitation. It all started after K Siddaramaiah-led state government chose to celebrate Tipu Sultan Jayanti.

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The Congress government decided to make the Tipu Sultan Jayanti an annual event, especially since the first time it was organised in 2015 led to clashed with right-wing Hindu groups that led to three deaths. "It is up to them whether to attend or not", Siddaramaiah said. Supporting Hegde, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje spoke against Tipu Sultan calling him "anti-Kannada" and "anti-Hindu". "The state should not be using public money for the celebrations".

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