The Tipu Sultan row that marred Karnataka politics in recent times, seems to be spreading its wings now as a new controversy is brewing in the Delhi Assembly. On the occasion of Republic Day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled a portrait of the Mysore ruler at the Delhi Assembly. Kejriwal uncovered Tipu Sultan's portrait among 70 other personalities, including revolutionaries, freedom fighters, and heroes.
The portraits of Ashfaqulla Khan, Bhagat Singh, Birsa Munda and Subhash Chandra Bose were also unveiled.
However, the unveiling of Tipu Sultan’s portrait did not go down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The BJP said that the Delhi Assembly should not put up a portrait of a controversial personality.
"Bhagat Singh was our nation's pride. But I believe that if we honour people like Tipu Sultan, then it would not be in the nation's interest. People's sentiments will be hurt if we put up a portrait of a controversial personality", said BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma.
This is not the first time when such statements have been made against the Mysore ruler.
Earlier too a few BJP leaders had slammed Congress-led Karnataka government for celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan.