Tipu Express is now Wodeyar Express
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Tipu Express is now Wodeyar Express

October 8, 2022

Talguppa – Mysuru Daily Express named as Kuvempu Express

Mysore/Mysuru:  In a significant decision, the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) on Friday renamed Tipu Express, a premier Superfast Daily Express between Mysuru and Bengaluru, as Wodeyar Express. Also, the Talguppa – Mysuru  Daily Express has been named as Kuvempu Express, after poet laureate Kuvempu (K.V. Puttappa).

This comes following a demand made by Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. The MP, in a letter to Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw in July this year, had sought renaming of  Mysuru-Bengaluru  Superfast Tipu Express (Train Nos. 12613/12614) as Wodeyar Express in consideration of the work of erstwhile Mysore rulers in developing a vast network of Railways in the then Mysore kingdom and also in transforming it as a Modern State.

The Talguppa-Mysuru Daily

Express (Train Nos. 16221/ 16222), which was running without any name, has now been named as Kuvempu Express after the Poet Laureate who hailed from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district and was a literary genius. The train has been named after Kuvempu (Rashtrakavi), following a letter by MP Pratap  Simha, as a tribute to the great literary personality, which will have a profound effect on the sentiments of the people of both Mysuru and those in his home district of Shivamogga. The Talguppa Express leaving Mysuru will travel via K.R.

Nagar – Holenarasipur – Hassan- Arsikere – Birur – Bhadravathi – Shivamogga.

Soon as the Ministry of Railways issued an order to this effect on Oct.7, MP Pratap Simha thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union Minister for Coal and Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi for considering his plea.

Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha seen with Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Siddu reacts

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Meanwhile, Opposition Leader and former Chief Minister Siddharamaiah (Siddu) has criticised the renaming of Tipu Express.  Maintaining that the renaming of Mysuru-Bengaluru Superfast  Tipu Express as Wodeyar Express is not correct, he contended that he has great respect for the erstwhile Mysore rulers and instead another train should have been named as Wodeyar Express. He accused the BJP of spreading hatred and engaging in divisive politics.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Tipu Express is now Wodeyar Express”

  1. Biddappa says:

    Tippu converted millions of Hindus to Muslims using his sword! And his soldiers raped thousands of Hindu women at every available chance . Now all the progenies of those raped women will be up with their swords to protest this move eventhough they may not even know who or how many tippu’ soldiers raped a single woman ! For some Tippu was a murderer and a thug. But for others it is their ancestry!
    I can’t understand why Siddaramaiah has to oppose this move unless siddu’s ancestors were one of those soldiers in Tippus army!

  2. Aniyan Verghese says:

    Hey Biddappa
    I am from Kerala and watched your state politics. I do not vote forANY party.
    You seemed to have forgotten that your previous president, Kovind , a former BJP governor praised Tipu Sultan in 2017: https://www.livemint.com/Politics/Vf1NtqrFgwovpBiA1QrZSO/Ram-Nath-Kovinds-praise-of-Tipu-Sultan-leaves-Karnataka-BJP.html
    Your current CM Bommai is a dullard and even the BJP leaders like Amit Shah thinks that he will lose his majority the next state election.
    That is why,Kuruba Siddaramamiah is playing this politics, as Congress will get all Muslim votes. JD(S) will mop up Gowda votes through Gowda Kumaraswamy.
    The BJP depends on Lingayat votes. If this is not much, Bommai majority will go. The Congress is very hopeful of denying the BJP the majority in the next state election. Haven;t you watched that the padayatra of Rahul gandhi attracted such massive crowds in rural Mysore and Mysorecity?
    Just grow up and look at your state politics.

  3. Kumar says:

    How can somebody be a freedom fighter if he died 56 years before the freedom struggle? Just watch these videos and decide it yourself!

  4. Thirthahalli Eashwar says:

    This attention-seeking MP Simha thinks that this is an achievement! The problem is not in the name, but in the poor quality of service in Indian railways. It takes nearly 3 hours to cover this distance of Mysore-Bangalore. It should be half of that time in international terms.
    Interesting that Wodeyars : Nalwadi, JC Wodeyar and SD Wodeyar, all spent more time in Bangalore than Mysore in a year and died there. But deluded journalists like Gauri Satya keeps on writing about Wodeyars and Mysore Palace!! Hence, it is more of Bangalore reminder and Wodeyars!
    This renaming may not last long. The signs atre the BJP will struggle to get a majority in the next Karnataka state election, as they mainly get Veerashiva votes from the Veerashiva Northern belts of Hubli, Gulbarga, etc.. with Vokkaliga votes and Muslim votes going to Congress and JD (S).
    I agree with the above poster that looking at the large numbers of people in the rural areas around Mysore and the city who arrived to greet Rahul Gnadhi and his mother . the BJP will have hard time in winning a majority ion the next election. All Muslim votes will go to Congress. Muslims are growing in very large numbers in Karnataka.
    The next Congtress government or the coalition of Congress and the JD(S) which is a real possibility as Devegowda will listen to Sonia Gandhi, and will advise his on.
    This Express will be renamed again.
    Also, with expansion of Mysore airport, the links to Kerala and Tamil Nadu through air, rail and roads expanding fast, Malayalees and Tamils are arriving in large numbers to settle in Mysore-which will be expanded as Greater Mysore. Mysore has already massive numbers of non-Mysoreans like Bangalore. These also point towards voters who do not vote BJP, as Kerala and Tamil Nadu are not voting for BJP unlike Karnataka.
    Within 5 years, BJP will go out of Karnataka , due to the influx of above non-Karnataka immigrants, who do not care about this renaming of trains.


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