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Demand made to name BIA after Tipu

Staff Correspondent

He was a great warrior and a patriot: vedike leader


‘Several prominent places in Bangalore already named after Kempe Gowda'

Government urged to set up university in the name of Tipu Sultan


Chitradurga: The demand for naming Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) after Tipu Sultan is gaining momentum, especially after the State Government recommended to the Union Government to name it after Kempe Gowda.

The Tipu Sultan Abhimanigala Vedike, an organisation with a presence in nine districts, is spearheading the agitation with the support of several other organisations.

The vedike is organising protest rallies in the headquarters of various taluks and districts and has already submitted memorandums to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Governor H.R. Bhardwaj seeking fulfilment of their demand.

“What is wrong in asking the Government to name the BIA after Tipu Sultan who was the first Indian to wage a war against British rule,” asks Kasim Ali, founder-president of the vedike.

Stating that he had great respect for Kempe Gowda too, Mr. Ali contended that already several prominent places in Bangalore had been named after Kempe Gowda, including the Kempe Gowda Circle and the Kempe Gowda bus-stand.

“Tipu Sultan was not only a great warrior but also a patriot. He sacrificed his life for the State. He was born in Devanahalli where the BIA is located. Hence, the Government should name the BIA after Tipu Sultan,” he said.

Hashimpir Walekra, a founder-member of the vedike, criticised Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs for not raising any objection when the Government was passing a resolution in this regard during the session. “It is unfortunate that the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) treat Muslims as a vote bank and claim to be pro-Muslim but do not support our demand,” he said.

Dalit leader M. Jayanna said that Tipu Sultan was the first ruler to offer land to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State for agriculture.

Other demands

The vedike also urged the Government to set up a university in the name of Tipu Sultan, establish a Tipu Sultan Development Board to conserve the monuments of Tipu Sultan's period and to introduce a non-detailed text about him at the high school level.

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