Reacting to Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor's statement appreciating Pakistan PM Imran Khan for remembering Mysore monarch Tipu Sultan on his death anniversary, both major parties' (BJP and Congress) leaders, on Tuesday, have aired opposing views regarding the statement and its implication.
First, Roshan Baig, a Congress MLA in the Karnataka State Assembly has welcomed the statements of both Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor, saying museums around the world speak of Tipu Sultan's contribution to Indian independence.
"We first acknowledge the statement made by the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. We also welcome the statement made by Shashi Tharoor on Tipu Sultan's death anniversary. It's not news that Tipu Sultan was, is and will be a war hero. Museums in France and in Britain are all standing testimonies to Tipu Sultan's opposition against the British rule. So I welcome the statement of both leaders," he said.
Following this, BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao condemned Tharoor's praise for Imran Khan saying, Khan's statements were communal as they were in support for an Islamic Sultan.
"The Congress party is in some kind of a compulsion to praise Pakistan PM Imran Khan at every instance. The statements made by Imran Khan in support of Tipu Sultan are actually in support for an Islamic Sultan. They are communal in nature and I don't know why Shashi Tharoor is jumping in welcoming his comments on Tipu Sultan," he said.
He also speculated that Congress' continued praise for Pakistan was in the hope of winning the minority vote in the Lok Sabha polls.
"There is a clear perception that Congress is constantly praising Pakistan, Pakistan PM and having very friendly ties with the Pakistani Army Chief in the false hope of influencing the minority vote bank in India," he added.
Earlier on Monday, Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor raked up politics over Tipu Sultan by saying that Khan 'reads and cares' when the Pakistani Prime Prime Minister remembered the Mysore monarch on his death anniversary on May 4, adding that 'It's disappointing that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero'.
On the death anniversary of historical figure Tipu Sultan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday, paid his tributes praising him for choosing freedom over a life of enslavement.
Taking to Twitter, Khan said that he admires Tipu Sultan:
Tipu, the eldest son of Sultan Hyder Ali and Fatima Fakhr-un-Nisa, is famous in history for his innovation in coinage and for the introduction of a new land revenue system that had literally stimulated the growth of Mysore's silk industry.