New Delhi: The Karnataka government on Saturday celebrated Tipu Jayanti amid much chaos and protests with several ministers condemning Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy CM G Parameshwara absence from the hyped event.Also Read - New COVID-19 Variant 'Serious Threat', Bad Vaccination Figures Cannot Be Hidden: Rahul Gandhi

While Congress leader called out Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy CM G Parameshwara and said it’s an insult to the community as the leaders did not attend the event celebrations, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar questioned Congress saying how the one who destroyed Churches and temples and killed thousands of Christians and Hindus, is praised in a state government event. Also Read - Major Setback to Congress in Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma, 11 Other MLAs Join TMC

Javadekar said, “To hold a state govt event on TipuSultan Jayanti who is a symbol of hatred is surprising. We want to ask Congress how the one who destroyed Churches & temples & killed thousands of Christians & Hindus, is praised in a state govt event?” Also Read - SKM to Observe 'Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Diwas' on Nov 24

Meanwhile, Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar responded to Sait’s comments and said the CM’s absence from the event couldn’t be taken as an insult. He added, “It can’t be an insult. Karnataka CM & Deputy CM are occupied with their issues. We are also part of the govt. I don’t agree with my friend Tanveer Sait: DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Min on Sait’s statement, “CM and Deputy CM not attending Tipu Jayanti celebrations an insult to the community.”

Security was tightened around the assembly building in Bengaluru, and in Mysuru, Kodagu, and Mangaluru to maintain peace, a police officer said. Several BJP cadres were detained in Madikeri in Kodagu district and Mangaluru.

The Congress began celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th-century ruler on November 10 since 2015 to honour him as a patriot and for his yeoman service to the people in the southern region.

Khan, along with few Muslim clerics, visited former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah’s residence in the city and presented him a sword and traditional headgear similar to that worn by Tipu.