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Tipu never fails to haunt: Controversy now playing at Delhi assembly

Tipu never fails to haunt: Controversy now playing at Delhi assembly”

After leading a series of protests in Karnataka in 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now commenced a new controversy against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after he unveiled a portrait of Tipu Sultan on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Meanwhile, Delhi Assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel had said on Friday that the BJP leaders "always try to create controversy on any issue".

BJP MLAs O P Sharma and Manjinder Singh Sirsa have opposed the move saying, it was not proper to celebrate a controversial hero among other freedom fighters and revolutionaries.

The birth anniversary of legendary Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan on November 10 in Karnataka has become a contentious event in recent years, with the BJP and Sangh Parivar organisations opposing its commemoration even as the ruling Congress remained firm.

AAP leaders claimed that they had asked BJP to suggest names from either their party or the RSS who had worked for country's freedom but they did not provide any names.

"I want to tell them that the Constitution of India also carries a picture of Tipu Sultan on page 144".

The row over Tipu Sultan has spread from Karnataka to Delhi. Either the the people who wrote the Constitution are traitors or are BJP the ones, he said.

In his Republic Day address, he had said that it was tough to get Independence, but seeing the current scenario in the country it seemed that maintaining that freedom is even more hard. "They should leave this cheap politics and do politics of development", he asserted.

The controversy over Tipu Sultan started when the Congress government in Karnataka chose to start celebrating the birth anniversary of the ruler in 2015.

The portraits include those of freedom fighters like Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Birsa Munda and Ashfaqulla Khan. Two people were killed in the protests in the state organised by various groups at Kodagu, a BJP stronghold 250 km from Bengaluru. The Congress government of Karnataka, the birth place of Tipu, had chose to celebrate the martyred freedom fighter's birth anniversary in 2015, leading to violent protests by the BJP, which is accused by many historians of attempting to distort history to suit its anti-minority political agenda. The portraits come with a description of the personalities in brief and their contribution toward the nation.

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