In the wake of Tipu Jayanti, Section 144 has been imposed in Karnataka’s Kodagu on Friday. Authorities have also beefed up security in the regard. “Section 144 imposed in Kodagu ahead of Tipu Jayanti celebration, security tightened,” the District Administration said. After witnessing major clash in 2015 in the state over the celebrations of Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the Karnataka Government last year decided to make the event an annual affair.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday opposed the Karnataka government’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti in the state on November 10. The Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot, who fought against the British. However, the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) views are completely different from those of the state government, who regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch for being biased against Hindus.Additional police force has been deployed from other parts of the State as well with an Additional SP, 8 DY SPs, 23 police inspectors, 68 sub-inspectors, 113 ASIs, 1,500 constables, 27 District Armed Reserve (DAR) platoons, 15 KSRP platoons besides one company of the Rapid Action Force.President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing a joint session of Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on the 60th anniversary of Vidhan Soudha had hailed Tipu’s sacrifice. He said, “Tipu Sultan died a historic death fighting the British. He also pioneered the use of Mysore rockets in warfare.” Congress members thumped the desks in appreciation as the President mentioned Tipu’s name, much to the embarrassment of the BJP members present in the Assembly.
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