Union minister Anantkumar Hegde: Tipu Sultan a killer, mass rapist

Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary is celebrated on November 10

Union Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde has asked the top officials of Karnataka government to not invite him to "shameful" event of glorifying "brutal killer" Tipu Sultan on Tipu Sultan Jayanti on November 10.

Hegde also shared a copy of the letter that his personal secretary wrote to the state's chief secretary, SC Khuntia, regarding his decision to stay away from the event that has been a polarising issue since it was first celebrated.

"Tipu as a ruler, he has killed thousands of people and done forcible conversion.It is a party stand. Government is trying to instigate and bring communal tension", said BJP MLA Ashwath Narayan.

Despite violent protests and clashes, which claimed the lives of three people Kodagu district in 2016, the Karnataka government chose to celebrate Tipu Sultan Jayanti every year on November 10.

"Tipu was anti-Kannada and anti-Hindu and history says this".

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has hit out at Hegde for refusing to be a part of the Tipu Jayanti celebrations.

Months ahead of Assembly elections in Karnataka, a political slugfest has broken out in the state over Tipu Sultan. "Siddaramaiah should become "Shanthi Siddaramaiah", not "Benki Siddaramaiah", he added.

Tipu Sultan was the 18th-century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom who often engaged in the public quarrel which is one of the reasons for widespread protests and violence against the event in Karnataka.

BJP leaders said on Saturday they don't want their names to be printed on the invitation cards for the celebrations. Hegde represents Uttara Kannada in the Lok Sabha. "As part of the protocol the district administration will invite dignitaries, he must come". "He (Hegde) should go through the historical facts and then comment on Tipu, rather than giving politically motivated statements", the CM said.

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