Tipu Sultan portrait in Delhi assembly attracts BJP ire
New Delhi: Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, in an effort to remember the prominent freedom fighters of the country, had installed their portraits inside the Delhi assembly. This included the portrait of legendary ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.
There is no denying that Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali were the only major rulers in the country who fought British occupation forces tooth and nail. They did everything to defeat the colonial rulers and bring their expansionist policy in the country to an end. Karnataka loves Tipu Sultan and his father immensely and the state celebrates his birth anniversary in grand fashion every year.
Nonetheless, the BJP, the lone opposition party in the Delhi assembly with barely 3 MLAs, has protested the display of Tipu Sultan’s portrait in the state assembly in Delhi. These portraits will be unveiled tomorrow on the occasion of the Republic Day 2018.
The state assembly has acquired portraits of around seventy freedom fighters who have been recognized as national heroes. This includes besides Tipu Sultan, the portraits of Ashfaqullah Khan and Azad Hind Fauj founder and INC president Subhash Chandra Bose.
While the saffron party hasn’t protested the inclusion of other freedom fighters’ portrait in Delhi assembly, it has criticized the move to include Tipu Sultan’s portrait. BJP MLA OP Sharma termed putting up of a portrait of Tipu Sultan as hurting sentiments of people. He said when Kejrival knew that Tipu Sultan is a controversial personality then why his portrait has been installed. He is not a personality to be placed beside Bhagat Singh, Lakshmi Bai, said Sharma. ‘I will raise the issue in assembly too’ he said.
Born on 10th November 1750, Tipu Sultan was the most important ruler in the country who resisted expansion of British rule south of Vindhyas. He is considered a pioneer in the use of rocket artillery and deployed the rockets against advances of British forces and their allies during the Anglo-Mysore Wars, including the Battle of Pollilur and Siege of Seringapatam. Tipu remained an implacable enemy of the British East India Company, renewing conflict with his attack on British-allied Travancore in 1789. In the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the forces of the British East India Company were supported by the Nizam of Hyderabad.They defeated Tipu, and he was killed on 4 May 1799 while defending his fort of Srirangapatna.