Tipu Sultan does not fail to haunt. After it has been made a major issue in Karnataka, the controversy has now reached the Delhi legislative assembly.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled a portrait of Tipu Sultan in the Delhi assembly among 89 other personalities including freedom fighters on Republic Day.
The portraits are to be put up in galleries of the Delhi assembly. The BJP was quick to oppose the move. The BJP's Om Prakash Sharma said that the Delhi assembly should not have a portrait of Tipu.
The speaker of the assembly Ram Niwas Goel however played down the objection. The Constitution of India also carries a picture of Tipu Sultan on page 144. Either the the people who wrote the Constitution are traitors or are BJP the ones, he said.
In Karnataka, there is an uproar ahead of Tipu Jayanti every year. While the Congress government says that they are celebrating a freedom fighter, the BJP has accused Tipu of being anti-Hindu and a traitor.