KS Eshwarappa, a Karnataka BJP lawmaker, reported the incident to the police after receiving a letter threatening him with having his tongue amputated if he continued to refer to Tipu Sultan as a “Muslim Gunda.” According to reports, the note was sent to his home.
Banners for Independence Day in Karnataka that featured Tipu Sultan and the Hindutva hero VD Savarkar sparked a dispute in the state. Mr. Eshwarappa claimed that he has never referred to all Muslims as “Gundas” and that he is unafraid of threats of this nature.
Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa charged minorities with inciting racial conflict in Shivamogga, Karnataka, on Tuesday. A gang of Tipu Sultan supporters allegedly tried to take down a Veer Savarkar poster that had been put up at Ameer Ahmed circle in honour of Independence Day. As a result, a curfew has been imposed in some areas of the Shivamogga district.
By putting up a portrait of VD Savarkar at the Kempegowda Metro Station on August 16, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited entered the fray.
Chandrashekhar Azad, Udham Singh, and Savarkar are depicted in the painting, which is hanging next to the stairs of the station’s west entrance. Savarkar is depicted in the painting’s upper left corner. On July 4, prohibitions were imposed throughout the city following a heated argument between two factions over the placement of a banner with a photograph of Savarkar. At Amir Ahmad Circle, there were tense times when one party sought to hang a picture of Savarkar on a tall light pole while the other wanted to hang a photo of Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan from the 18th century. To quell the situation and scatter the mob, police used a gentle lathicharge. In a demonstration, the BJP and Hindu organisations demanded permission to display Savarkar’s image and action against the opposing group for defaming their symbol.