HDMC allows the celebration of Tipu Jayanti at Idgah Ground

Police personnel guarding the Idgah grounds ahead of Ganesha festival in Hubballi (FILE PHOTO)

Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation has allowed the celebration of Tipu Jayanti at the controversial Idgah Ground with riders amid stiff resistance from the opposition party on Wednesday.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party members and Samata Sainik Dal had submitted a memorandum to the HDMC requesting permission for the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. To discuss the issue, the mayor convened a meeting of all party leaders and members and chairpersons of standing committees on Thursay, and after discussing the matter at length and breadth, the HDMC has given permission for the celebration of Tipu Jayanti with riders.

The organisers are allowed to celebrate the Jayanti between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and they need to pay a fee of Rs 10,000 and get permission from the police department. The celebration should not disturb the public peace, and only Tipu’s 20-by-30-foot photo should be displayed; no other banners or controversial photos should be displayed.

The mayor said that the house committee, which was formed to give a report on the installation of the Lord Ganesha idol, had recommended that the ground be allowed for all kinds of celebration and for commercial use, and based on that recommendation, the decision was taken. The ground is now open for everyone; he said.

AIMIM District President Opposes the Celebration at Idgah

Nazeer Honyal, AIMIM district president and HDMC member, opposed the celebration of Jayanti at the ground and said it is a holy place and it should be celebrated at our houses and other places, not at this place. He said that he would bring this issue to the attention of his party’s senior leaders.

Meanwhile, Vijay Guntral, AIMIM district joint secretary, said despite the party’s opposition, he would celebrate the Jayanti on behalf of the party. He said he does not know why Honyal is opposing this now, after getting permission for the celebration. “Maybe he was worried that I might get all the credit for getting permission for the celebration of the Jayanti at the ground,” he said.

HDMC has given permission to celebrate Obavva Jayanti on the ground on November 11 as well.

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