Mangaluru, Nov 11, 2015 : Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has said that the BJP does not question the glory of Tipu Sultan but was only opposed to the decision of the state government to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi without discussing the issue even in the cabinet.
Speaking to reporters at the District BJP office on November 11, Wednesday he said the district unit of the BJP strongly condemned the violence in Madikeri during the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations which claimed the life of VHP leader Kuttappa.
He alleged that the rally held at Madikeri on November 10 as part of Tipu Jayanthi had no permission of the authorities and that even a group from Kerala had participated in it. He also questioned the inaction of the administration in preventing a rally organised without permission. He also blamed the Police Department for the violence in Madikeri rally.
Further Nalin said except for the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, Islam does not allow the celebration of the birth anniversary of any other leader. "Moreover history also states that Tipu had committed atrocities on Christians," he said.
Demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of Kuttappa, Nalin alleged that the stance of the CM and the Congress party regarding the incident, raised questions as to whether the government was indirectly supporting such incidents.
Nalin also stated that the BJP has given a call for a bundh on November 13 to protest the death of the VHP leader in the Madikeri violence.
"The BJP had only held a symbolic protest against Tipu Jayanthi to create awareness about the issue,’’ Nalin remarked when asked if the BJP was not to be blamed for all the trouble.
Pratap Simha Nayak, District BJP President, Capt. Ganesh Karnik, MLC, Monappa Bhandary, former MLC and others were present.