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10 November 2017, 11:23 | Melissa Porter
The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday refused to grant a stay on the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. DH file
The controversy was further spurted when the President Ram Nath Kovind hailed Tipu Sultan, saying he died a heroic death fighting the British, remarks that came in the backdrop of protests by the BJP in Karnataka against the glorification of the 18th century Mysore ruler.
Addressing the protesters, former Minister S.A. Ramdas said that the demonstration has been organised to condemn the Government's decision to celebrate the Jayanti of Tipu Sultan, who was a cruel ruler.
Since 2015, the Congress government in Karnataka has held public celebrations on the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan right-wing wing groups, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have opposed the move.
Tipu Sultan died fighting the British in 1799 and it was only in 2015 that the state government chose to officially celebrate his death - describing him as one of the earliest freedom fighters. However, the BJP's and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's (RSS) views are completely different from those of the state government and regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch for being biased against Hindus.
Karnataka's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the event called "Hazarath Tipu Sultan Jayanthi" at 6.30 PM at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, in the presence of dignitaries and invitees.
Stones thrown at a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus in Madikeri. "It is just like observing birthdays of freedom fighters, saints and other inspirational leaders", said Minister Umashree.
ADGP rank officials have been deployed in Mangaluru, Kodagu and other places to ensure peaceful celebrations of Tipu Jayanti.
Additional Director General of Police Kamal Pant said, "The ban restricts assembling of more than five persons and maintain law and order in the specific area".
Western range IGP Hemant Nimbalkar said, "We have taken many anti-social elements into custody".
#The police commissioner said 30 Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP) platoons and 25 armed platoons, besides policemen and officers of city police will be deployed.
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