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Karnataka: BJP, Congress spar over celebration dedicated to Bahmani Sultanate

Bahmani Sultanate was a Muslim Kingdom that ruled parts of Deccan region from around 1347-1527. They had constantly fought with the Vijayanagara rulers for supremacy over the entire Deccan region.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2018 22:17 IST
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said he was not aware of any plan to celebrate the ‘Bahmani Utsava’.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

After the row over Tipu Jayanti, the Karnataka government’s plans to celebrate the bygone era of Bahmani Sultanate’s culture and art has become a new bone of contention between the ruling Congress and the BJP.

While BJP expressed objections to the proposed ‘Bahmani Utsava’ (festival) calling the Bahmani rulers as “killers” of Hindus and destroyers oftemples, Kalaburgi district in-charge minister Sharan PrakashPatil maintained it will be a one-day celebration.

“Who are Bahmani Sultans? Who killed lakhs of Hindus, who burnt thousands of villages, who raped Hindu women, who destroyed temples.... now Congress celebrating theirfestival ... more dangerous,” BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje saidin a tweet.

Patil said it has been decided after consultations with literary figures and others to hold the festival in Kalaburgi.

However, chief minister Siddaramaiah said he was unaware of the ‘Bahmani Utsava’ plans.

“I do not know. What you are saying is news to me. I don’t know, I will enquire,” he said.

Bahmani Sultanate was a Muslim Kingdom that ruled parts of Deccan region from around 1347-1527, with what is known now as Kalaburgi and Bidar as its capital.

They had constantly fought with the Vijayanagararulers for supremacy over the entire Deccan region.

Talking to reporters, Karandlaje alleged that the Congress government’s alleged plan to celebrate the ‘Bahmani Utsava’ was with an intention to strengthen its vote bank by creating communal violence in Kalaburgi and Vijayapura regions.

“Why are such ideas coming to you. No one had an ideato celebrate Bahamani sultans’ utsav till now... it has been centuries after their period, why such ideas are coming to you? You are trying to create violence in the state with an eye on votes,” she told the Congress.

Hitting out at the BJP, Patil said, “They have given a statement we are celebrating jayanti; it is not jayanti, it is a utsava. Theyare trying to give political colour to it, keeping election inmind... they have lost their mind.”

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has been celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan since 2015.

The BJP has been strongly opposing glorification of Tipu Sultan, saying he was a “religious bigot” who unleashed atrocities on the Hindus.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 21:36 IST