The Department of Kannada and Culture will organise a function at Banquet Hall in Vidhana Soudha. Besides, the government has also issued circular to celebrate Tipu Jayanti in all taluk and district centres.

 

Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara said that Tipu Jayanti would be celebrated with under security as BJP has condemned the government for its decision.

 

Last year, Tipu Jayanti was organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. But there was a strong resistance accusing the government of trying to please the Muslim community. The programme had led to a furore in Madikeri, where one person was killed during the procession.

 

Hence, this year the government has decided to organise the function under the Department of Kannada and Culture.

 

KV Dayananda, Director of the Department of Kannada and Culture, told that the government had granted funds to all taluk and district centres for the celebration. An amount of ₹ 10 lakh has been granted to celebrations in the Vidhana Soudha. District and taluk centres have been given ₹ 50,000 and ₹ 25,000 each for the celebration.

 

Jamiat Ul Ulama of Coorg has urged the local administration and the police to take precautionary measures for this year’s Tippu Jayanti celebration.

 

MY Ashraf Faizi, District President of Ulama, requested the citizens of Coorg not to believe any rumours and maintain peace and harmony in the district. He said that Tippu is a great legend and expressed his displeasure over politicising the occasion.

 

‘Drop Uniform Civil Code’

In a press meet, he raised the issue of triple talaq and said that India is nurturing cultural and religious diversity since centuries and urged the union government to drop its proposal to implement the uniform civil code. He also said that the Ulama would stage a peaceful protest on November 4 in Malappuram district, where more than a lakh protesters, are expected to take part.

 

MY Ashraf Faizi, District President of Ulama, YM Umar Faizi, Secretary, Abdul Rahman Musliyar, Harris Musliyar were present in the press meet.

 

Besides, Tipu Abhimani Vedike also conducted a press meet in Madikeri. Supporting the government’s initiative to celebrate Tipu Jayanti, the Vedike said that Tippu is not confined to the Muslim community.

 

“We have not appealed the government for this celebration. The government, at its discretion, has decided to celebrate Tipu Jayanti, considering his good governance. Islam doesn’t allow idol worship or worship of any leader. But those who oppose Tipu themselves have made it inevitable for us to celebrate it,” said Isac Khan, General Secretary, Tipu Abhimani Vedike.