Congress celebrating jayantis of Sultans for vote bank politics: PM Modi

Accusing the Congress of distorting history as part of a conspiracy to divide society, PM Modi today flayed the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka for celebrating the "jayantis of Sultans".

Published: 06th May 2018 01:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2018 02:39 PM   |  A+A-

PM Modi addresses a rally in Karnataka. (EPS)

By PTI

CHITRADURGA, KARNATAKA: Accusing the Congress of distorting history as part of a conspiracy to divide society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flayed the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka for celebrating the "jayantis of Sultans" for the sake of "vote bank politics".

Modi was apparently referring to the Siddaramaiah government's controversial decision to celebrate "Tipu Jayanti" every year on November 10 to commemorate the memory of Tipu Sultan, the legendary 18th century ruler of Mysore.

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The way in which Congress had betrayed the legacy and courage of the sons and daughters of this land could not be forgiven, the prime minister said.

Modi also accused the Congress of sidelining several national stalwarts for the sake of one family.

He also hit out at the Congress for "spreading lies and trying to mislead Dalits."

Addressing an election rally here, the prime minister said, "Look at the Congress character whose jayanti needs to celebrated with respect, from whom we have to draw inspiration for generations to generations, they can't think about celebrating their jayantis".

"Veera Madakari and Onake Obavva are forgotten, but for the sake of vote bank politics they are into celebrating jayantis of Sultans," he said.

A Dalit woman, Onake Obavva was the legendary wife of a soldier in the army of Madakari Nayaka, the last ruler of Chitrdurga.

She is said to have fought single handedly and killed with a pestle several invading soldiers of the army of Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan, in 1779.

She was killed by Hyder Ali's soldiers in her valiant effort to protect the fort where her husband was the guard of a watch tower.

Celebration of "Tipu Jayanti" is strongly opposed by the BJP.

The celebration has also triggered a sharp division in society with some hailing Tipu Sultan as a hero who died fighting the British, while others calling him a "fanatic" ruler.

"By celebrating this jayanti, Congress has insulted people of Karnataka and Chitradurga.

They have played with sentiments and feelings of people of Chitradurga, Modi said.

"Congress by celebrating jayanti of those who gave poison to Nayaka's of Chitradurga by betrayal and those who killed the courageous lady Onake Obavva have insulted this land, you and the history," he said, as he sought to connect with local historical sentiments.

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  • NARENDRA M APTE

    1. PM Shri Narendra Modi and Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi are making allegations and counter allegations regarding corruption and on many issues. To me they appear to be just the election campaign rhetoric; my query is this: Are all these election campaign utterances to be taken seriously or are these to be forgotten in a couple of weeks? 2. One may claim that statements made during campaign by leaders of both the Congress & BJP indicate how crucial and high-stake the Karnataka assembly election has become for both Congress and BJP, as future political developments will depend on whether the Congress wins a majority in this Assembly election or not. 3. Regional parties are keen to form anti-BJP front; whether the Congress will be part of such front or not will be decided by Karnataka Assembly election results. 4. My guess is that the party which is biggest beneficiary of division of votes between candidates belonging to three main parties-Congress BJP & JD(S) will be winner.
    1 year ago reply
  • dharma

    It seems PM is assured of defeat, therefore high communal dose.
    1 year ago reply
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