Srirangapatna, Nov 10 : Despite Karnataka government shelving celebration of Tipu Jayanthi in the State, former Minister, MLA and Hazrath Tipu Sultan Shaheed Wakf Estate Chairman Tanveer Sait paid tributes to the tomb of Tipu Sultan, at Gumbaz in Historic town Srirangapatna in Mandya District of Karnataka to mark the 227th birth anniversary of erstwhile Mysore ruler, on Sunday.
The Tipu Jayanthi coincided with festival of Eid Meelad. The BJP government headed by Chief Minister B SYediyurappa, after coming to power took a decision not to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi due to demand from various quarters, including by MLA K G Bopiah. The Congress government led by Siddaramaiah started the celebration by the Kannada and Culture department in 2015. Tipu Jayanthi is celebrated on November 10, though his birth date is mentioned as November 20 in some documents.
A section of Muslims staged protests on last Wednesday and Thursday, led by Tanveer Sait, against the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, who did not heed to their request to permit Bannimantapa Grounds to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi. Finally, Sait moved the Karnataka High Court seeking action against (MUDA) and the DC, on Friday.
Inayath ur Rahman Rizvi, Shahi Imam, Masjid e Aqsa, Gumbaz, prayed and read some verses of the Holy Quran. Shaik Ubaid Ulla, chairman, Mandya District Wakf Advisory Committee, Irfan Pasha, secretary, Hazrath Tipu Sultan Saheed Wakf Estate,
K C Shoukath Pasha, ex-corporator, Iyas Baig, entrepreneur, and social workers Mohammad Mumtaz Ahmed, Iqbal Pasha, Mohammad Irfan, Khaleel Ur Rahman Affu, and Abdul Khader Shahid were present at the Gumbaz.
Sweets were distributed to the members of the community present in the tomb and also to tourists. Police had made elaborate security arrangements, around the venue.
Though the State Government had dropped the celebration on behalf of Government, it had mentioned to the High Court that it has not banned the celebration by those interested. (UNI)