The clear message from the opposition state unit of the BJP when it comes to celebrating Tipu Jayanthi is - count us out.
"Tipu as a ruler, he has killed thousands of people and done forcible conversion....It is a party stand. Government is trying to instigate and bring communal tension," said BJP MLA Ashwath Narayan.
Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has instructed state government officials not to add his name to the invitation for any event associated with such celebrations.
Mr Hegde, who is from Uttara Kannada district, became a minister in the union cabinet earlier this year as union minister of state for skill development. Mr Hegde has faced controversies in the past, including being accused of communal hate speech and fighting with a doctor in a hospital over treatment of his mother.
"If he thinks it is below his dignity to participate, we are not going to force him to participate," KPCC Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao said reacting to Mr Hegde's statement.
In 2015, two people died in protests connected to the event. Last year, the event was more peaceful following elaborate security arrangements in place.
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