Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has decided not to participate in Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations that have been organised by Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara. Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations were initiated by former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah in 2014. Also Read - NEET, JEE 2020: Siddaramaiah Questions Govt For Being Adamant, Kamal Hassan Says Will be Blunder to Hold exams

The Chief Minister’s office clarified that Kumaraswamy would be taking rest for three days from Saturday on the advice of his doctors. “Kumaraswamy will spend time with his family on these three days and there will be no official engagements till November 11,” said an official statement. Also Read - Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Discharged From Hospital After Recovering From COVID-19

Janata Dal (Secular) Ministers Venkatrao Nadagouda and B Kashempur will attend the celebrations on behalf of Kumaraswamy in his constituencies Bengaluru and Bidar respectively. Also Read - Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Admitted to Hospital

Noticing the absence of Kumaraswamy’s name in the official invitation for the celebrations, the BJP claimed that the Karnataka chief minister has been staying away from the celebrations due to the differences with his party’s coalition partner, Congress. BJP MLA from Mangalore claimed that since the celebrations were initiated by Siddaramaiah, Kumaraswamy was allowing the celebration just to appease the former K’taka CM.

Last week, Parameshwara had announced the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the state irrespective of the protests.

“The BJP protests against Tipu Jayanti celebrations without reason. Tipu fought against the British and we will ensure that the celebrations are held peacefully irrespective of protests by any group. The decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti under the aegis of the government was taken a few years ago and this will continue,’” he said.

Security has been stepped up across Karnataka in view of the protests ahead of the Tipu Jayanti celebrations. A police officer, on Friday, said, “We have tightened security across the state and deployed additional forces in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kodagu and Mangaluru for peaceful celebration of Tipu Jayanti.”

Meanwhile, section 144, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people in an area, has been imposed in several parts of the state including Kodagu, Hubli, and Dharwad in order to prevent any untoward incident.