Minority Appeasement Going Awry? MLA Slams CM, Deputy For Skipping Tipu Jayanti; Says ‘Muslims Insulted’Former Minister and Congress MLA Tanveer Sait addressing the media (Image courtesy of twitter.com/ANI)

Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Karnataka remained rather modest this year as public celebrations were not allowed due to security reasons. Matters turned worse as the Chief Minister and the Deputy CM decided not to attend the celebrations on Saturday (10 November).

Instead, it was Congress’ D K Shivakumar along with Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Zameer Ahmed Khan who saved the day yet again for the party by paying a floral tribute to the Muslim ruler. Citing health issues, CM Kumaraswamy stayed indoors for three days, and Dr Parameshwara, the DyCM, is in Singapore currently.

Reportedly upset over the CM and the Deputy CM’s absence, Congress MLA and former minister Tanveer Sait called it “an insult to the Muslim community”.

Brushing aside the fact that the Chief Minister cited medical reasons, Sait says he expected the CM to at least participate in the celebrations in H D Kote taluk. The Hindu quoted Tanveer Sait as saying, “It is not about politics or the party. But it amounts to insulting the community. I am only sharing the views of my community.”

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