Bengaluru, Oct 21, 2017 (DHNS): Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje said on Saturday that she had written to the deputy commissioners of Udupi and Chikkamagaluru, asking them not to mention her name in the invite for the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the two districts.
Opposing the celebrations organised by the Congress government in the state, she called Tipu Sultan "anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada". The government was practising vote-bank politics, Shobha added.
Earlier this week, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde has asked the top officials of the Karnataka government to not include his name in the programme invitations for Tipu Jayanti.
But on Saturday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that, “It is not proper for a union minister to make such a statement. We (the state government) will mention his name (in the invitation) as per the protocol. It is up to him (union minister) to attend or not,”.
The state government is celebrating Tipu Sultan Jayanti at the district level across the state on November 10. As Member of Parliament, protocol mandates that MP’s name be included in the invite for all government programmes organised in the district.