"(I have) Conveyed (to) Karnataka government not to invite me to shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist", the BJP leader said in a tweet. It all started after K Siddaramaiah-led state government chose to celebrate Tipu Sultan Jayanti.
Meanwhile, the incumbent Congress government claims that Tipu Sultan was a freedom fighter and that celebrating his birthday is not minority appeasement as is being claimed by the BJP.
Months ahead of Assembly elections in Karnataka, a political slugfest has broken out in the state over Tipu Sultan.
And while there were protests in Madikeri in Kodagu district - where Tipu Sultan is said to have oppressed Hindus - it was more peaceful than the first year the date was officially celebrated in 2015.
Siddaramaiah further added that the invitations would be sent to all the leaders in the Centre and state and it was their call to either accept or reject the invitation.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah lashed out against Hegde for refusing to attend the festivities and accused him of politicising the issue for no reason.
The Chief Minister, told the media that protocol mandates that Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde's name be included in invites for all government events held in the district.
Siddaramaiah added that "As part of government, he (Hedge) shouldn't have written it".
After witnessing major clash in 2015 in state over the celebrations of Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the Karnataka Government previous year chose to make the event an annual affair. Tipu is not just a hero for us but for the country, He fought against the British as well and won the battle of Srirangapatnam. However, the BJP and the RSS views are completely different from those of the state government, who regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch and for his biasness against Hindus.