Udupi: A press conference was held by Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagran Vedike at Udupi Press Club on in connection with the protest the pro-Hindu organizations plan to hold against the government's decision to go ahead with the celebration of Tipu Jayanti.
Regional convener of Bajrang Dal's Karnataka (south) unit, Sunil K termed Tipu Sultan as a person who was bitterly opposed to Kannada language and culture, besides being a communal. "Tipu was a killer who demolished temples and churches. We are strongly opposed to celebrating his birthday. We hereby urge Karnataka government to immediately drop the decision to organize Tipu Jayanti. Tipu was anti-national and was against other religions. The government is not giving importance to the sentiments of the majority people. Because of Tipu's deeds, Deepavali is not being celebrated in Kodagu district even now," he said.
The leaders of Hindu organizations said that they will hold protest in this case as it relates to nationalism. They pointed out that Tipu had demolished over 8,000 temples. The organizations are yet to finalize their decision on the form and venue of holding the protest programme.