Bengaluru: In view of the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Karnataka tomorrow, Section 144, that prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area, has been imposed in Hubli and Dharwad cities from 6 AM on November 10, Saturday, to 7 AM on November 11, Sunday. However, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would not take part in the Tipu Jayanti programme as he wasn’t keeping well and doctors had advised him rest for three days, till November 11, said ANI.

In Kumaraswamy’s absence, however, JDS Minister Venkatrao Nadagouda would attend the celebrations in Bengaluru. “I’m attending Tipu Jayanti in Bidar,” confirmed JDS Minister B Kashempur.

While the BJP has been up in arms against the celebration, Kumaraswamy has been categorical in telling the Opposition party that it was up to them to decide if they wanted to be a part of the celebrations or not. While addressing the media after the by-polls results were declared earlier this week, he said, “I never said do or don’t celebrate Tipu Jayanti. All I had said was there are many communities in the country; people want to celebrate Jayanti of their leaders. If they (BJP) don’t like to be part of the celebrations, there is no need to participate.”

Former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa called the 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,” Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said.

He added that the state government should have celebrated former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday instead.

On Monday, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde had condemned the Karnataka government’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler. Last year, the Karnataka government, headed by then chief minister Siddaramaiah, had decided to celebrate Tipu Jayanti on November 10. However, Tipu has become a controversial figure since 2015 when the BJP and the Congress fought over the need to celebrate the 18th-century ruler’s birthday.