Ahead of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary, former chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa called the state government's celebrations a gimmick to appease the Muslim community.
"We are opposing this (Tipu Jayanti). Nobody will appreciate this celebration. Government's intention behind the Tipu Jayanti celebration is just to satisfy the people of the Muslim community. Even within the Congress and JD-S, people are opposing this," said Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka chief of Bharatiya Janata Party.
He further said that the state government should have celebrated former president APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday instead of Tipu Jayanti.
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, however, said that the BJP always opposes 'national patriots.'
Referring to the President's speech in the Parliament last year, he said, "He (Tipu Sultan) was appreciated by his Excellency on the floor of the House for his historic battle."