New Delhi, Oct 26: President Kovind’s adulation for Former Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan didn’t go down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and invited flak from various corners.
Addressing at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, the President said “Tipu Sultan died a historic death fighting the British. He was also a pioneer in the development of Mysore rockets (iron-casted rockets for military use)”.
As on other hand BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of the state K.S. Eshwarappa alleged that the ruling Congress party had “forced” the President to speak on the former Mysore ruler .
In response to this, Karnataka Working President of the Congress Dinesh Gundu Rao stated the BJP was only “insulting” the President by criticising his speech.
Add to that another rebuke, BJP MLA Pratap Simha said in a tweet “Respected @rashtrapatibhvn ji, if Tipu was d pioneer of missile technology, y did he lose 3rd n 4th Anglo-Mysore war? Y didn’t he fire them?”
Respected @rashtrapatibhvn ji, if Tipu was d pioneer of missile technology, y did he lose 3rd n 4th Anglo-Mysore war? Y didn’t he fire them?
— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) October 25, 2017
“Tipu Died A Hero, Pres Says. Sir, Heroes fight n die in battlefield, Timid Tipu died inside d fort without fighting!”, he added.
Highlighting the contributions of Karnataka’s former rulers, politicians and scientists in the development of the state and the country, Kovind talked about Tipu Sultan, leading to loud applause from a majority of the legislators.
Recently, Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Anantkumar Hegde has described Tipu as a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”, ahead of the state’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations to mark his birth anniversary on November 10.
Not only this, Hegde also asked the state government to drop his name from the official invites related to the functions.
Since 2015, the ruling Congress is celebrating Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary, which led to violent demonstrations by right-wing organisations in the Mysore region and other parts of the state.
Known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, Tipu Sultan ruled the Mysore from 1782-1799 after his father Haider Ali.