The controversial decision of Karnataka government led by CM Siddaramaiah to celebrate the birthday of Tipu Sultan on Tuesday, more than two centuries after his death has resulted in a law and order problem in the state.
The VHP has called for a statewide protest on Friday over their leader’s death, while the BJP has asked for the chief minister’s resignation.
Sambit Patra, national spokesperson for the BJP said, “Karnataka CM should resign, as he is not able to manage the law & order. We want to know will Sonia Gandhi march in Bengaluru and demand resignation of Karnataka CM.”
A VHP leader, Kuttapaa in Madikeri died on Tuesday reportedly after falling from a wall while he was chased down by police. He was a part of a massive crowd belonging to Hindu organizations holding protests against the state government.
Following the death, the BJP and VHP had alleged the role of state in the death of the VHP leader while the state government has categorically denied any involvement.
K J George, former Home Minister of the state and also the district in-charge for the Congress party for Kodagu district reiterated that the VHP leader died as he fell from a wall while running away from police and not because of any police action.
Moreover, two people belonging to opposite quarters have received death threats over the matter.
Mysuru and Kodagu MP Prathap Simha complained of receiving death threats on Facebook on Wednesday for his remarks echoing the VHP’s allegation. Well known playwright Girish Karnad received a death threat on Twitter for his remark that Bangalore Airport could have been named after Tipu Sultan.