Bengaluru, November 30 (KMS): The Tipu Sultan Samyukta Ranga along with other Muslim organisations held a protest in Yadgiri district, in the Indian state of Karnataka, against the municipal council’s decision to rename Tipu Circle as Savarkar Circle.
The protest was held in front of the council’s office. The protesters tied black bands on their arms and shouted slogans to express their anguish against the decision.
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However, the Yadgiri municipal council chairman Suresh Ambigar claimed that the circle was never named Tipu Circle, adding the decision was made after Hindutva organisations pressurized the municipal council to rename it as Savarkar Circle.
Ambigar told reporters that a few months ago, Hindu organisations requested the circle to be named Veer Savarkar Circle. “The order for it to be named Tipu Circle was not passed officially by the government in 2010. They had not received any government order. Now, after renaming it as Veer Savarkar, we have sent an official request to the state government,” he said.
Meanwhile, claiming that there are proper documents to prove the place is officially named Tipu Circle, one of the protestors Wahid Miya told the reporters that the council is trying to play regional communal politics. “The circle was named Tipu circle but now under the BJP government, they are going to rename this as Veer Savarkar. This is against the law,” he said.
Wahid Miya added that if the municipal council does not take back the decision, they will launch a large-scale agitation.
It is to mention here that the RSS-inspired Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government is renaming the important places and sites after the Hindu personalities to erase the Muslim heritage across the country.