Speaking to MyNation, BJP spokesperson Shreenath Sheshadri claimed that history described in the textbooks must provide the entire history of Tipu Sultan
Bengaluru: The Karnataka high court on Wednesday (November 6) asked the Yediyurappa-led state government to reconsider its decision taken on July 30 regarding the stay on Tipu Jayanti celebration.
However, the Karnataka BJP claimed that they do not have any issues if the celebration of Tipu Jayanti is held in the state, but it would only not be declared as an official government-called celebration.
Speaking to MyNation, BJP spokesperson Shreenath Sheshadri said, "We do not have a problem if people wish to celebrate Tipu Jayanti. It will not be an official government celebration, and our stand is very clear on that."
"With respect to the information on the removal of Tipu Sultan from the textbooks, they should add all the history in it than only selective chapters. They should also add whom all did Tipu kill, how many people did he convert to the Muslim community, and how did the Persians make their way to India. All that should be added in the textbooks so the youngsters would know better about Tipu Sultan," he added.
These comments by the BJP spokesperson came in the wake of the high court refusing to grant a stay on the government order and observing that the state government must reconsider its decision taken on July 30.
"The findings recorded and the government order of celebrating these jayantis to uphold the values of secularism in the Constitution - these considerations may not have been made by the government as the decision was taken in a day," the court observed.
The high court further directed the state government to take appropriate decision in two months and get back by the third of January next year.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Siddaramaiah claimed that Tipu Sultan was the 18th-century ruler of Mysuru and was a "freedom fighter" as he was killed in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war. Thus, his birth anniversary should be celebrated.
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