Will not allow display of Tipu Sultan’s portrait at Delhi Assembly, says SAD-BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa

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New Delhi | January 28, 2018 8:21 PM

SAD-BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa today said the portrait of Tipu Sultan will not be allowed to put on display at the Delhi Assembly, alleging the Mysuru ruler was a "tyrant" who "forced" four lakh Hindus and Christians to embrace Islam.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Delhi Assembly, Tipu Sultan, Tipu Sultan portrait, display of Tipu Sultan portrait, Tipu Sultan portrait in delhi assemblyChief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Republic Day unveiled portraits of 70 eminent personalities, including that of Tipu Sultan, at the Delhi Assembly.

SAD-BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa today said the portrait of Tipu Sultan will not be allowed to put on display at the Delhi Assembly, alleging the Mysuru ruler was a “tyrant” who “forced” four lakh Hindus and Christians to embrace Islam. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Republic Day unveiled portraits of 70 eminent personalities, including that of Tipu Sultan, at the Delhi Assembly. Sirsa today accused the AAP of indulging in vote-bank politics. “Have they forgotten Prithviraj Chauhan and Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia who fought the invaders and saved the country,” he asked. The Rajouri Garden MLA alleged Tipu Sultan was a “tyrant who “forced four lakh Hindus and Christians to convert”. “We will not allow Tipu Sultan’s portrait at the Vidhan Sabha,” he told reporters.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta rued the AAP government did not consult him before installing the portraits. Gupta said Karnataka witnessed a major clash in 2015 over the celebration of Tipu Sultan Jayanti in the state. “After protests in Karnataka, such a controversy should not have been repeated. The Delhi government should have avoided the misdeed,” Gupta said. “The Delhi government wants to keep the controversy alive,” he alleged.

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