Will mention Hegde's name in Tipu Jayanti invite: CM

Will mention Hegde's name in Tipu Jayanti invite: CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday that his government would mention the name of Union Minister of State for Skill Development Ananth Kumar Hegde in the official invitation for the Tipu Sultan Jayanti fete on November 10. It was up to the union minister to attend the celebration or not, the chief minister said.

“It is not proper for a union minister to make such a statement. We (the state government) will mention his name (in the invitation) as per the protocol. It is up to him (union minister) to attend or not,” Siddaramaiah told reporters.

Hegde, through his personal secretary, had communicated to the chief minister’s secretariat that he considered Tipu Sultan as “anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada” and hence, he did not want to be associated with the celebration.

The state government is celebrating Tipu Sultan Jayanti at the district level across the state on November 10. As Member of Parliament from Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, protocol mandates that Hegde’s name be included in the invite for all government programmes organised in the district.

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