Bengaluru: The row over plans to rename 'Haj Bhavan' in Bengaluru after Tipu Sultan, an 18th century ruler of Mysore kingdom continued,with BJP leader KG Bopaiah saying his party wanted it renamed after late president. "Our party leaders, including BS Yeddyurappa, who is our state BJP president, want Haj Bhavan renamed after Abdul Kalamji, instead of Tipu Sultan," he told PTI.
Bopaiah, a former Speaker, also feared that communal clashes might break out across Karnataka if the state government renames Haj Bhavan after Tipu Sultan.
The BJP leader was replying to a query on Minority Welfare and Wakf Minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan's 22 June statement that he would discuss with the chief minister renaming of Haj Bhavan to 'Hazrat Tipu Sultan Haj Ghar'.
Khan had said that officials at recent Haj committee review meeting told him there were several requests to rename the Haj Bhavan, which accomodates Haj pilgrims, and that he would discuss it with the chief minister. The BJP is opposed to the plan to rename Haj Bhavan,saying it was a building for the entire Muslim community and not just for Tipu's followers.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister R Ashoka had said Haj Bhavan was among the development projects of the Yeddyurappa government and that Congress was now trying to 'hijack' it by naming it after Tipu. He had noted that Haj Bhavan was for the entire Muslim community and not only for Tipu's followers.
BJP MP Shobha Karnadlaje had said at no cost should it be named after Tipu and if it was done her party would stage "a strong protest" across the state.
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Updated Date: Jun 25, 2018 09:02:09 IST