Why didn’t Tipu fire rockets against British, BJP MP asks President Kovind

President Ramnath Kovind's address in Karnataka joint assembly irks BJP

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New Delhi: The controversy around Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore was again on the center stage on Wednesday, when President Ramnath Kovind called him a ‘Pioneer in the development of rockets’ and a fighter who died a ‘glorious’ death.

Kovind’s comments on Tipu Sultan, during a joint session of Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, came as a surprise to many in the BJP, which played a pivotal role in elevating him to the top post.

”Tippu was a pioneer in the development and use of Mysore rocket. This technology was later adopted by the Europeans,” Kovind added in his speech. The address didn’t go well with the opposition BJP and the party leaders alleged that state government had scripted the speech and the President had no idea about it.

BJP MP from Kodagu- Mysuru, the very place which was once reigned over for 17 years, Pratap Simha, took to Twitter, questioning the President on two things. Simha wrote, “Respected @rashtrapatibhvn Ji, if Tipu was the pioneer of missile technology, y did he lose 3rd and 4th Anglo-Mysore war? Y didn’t he fire them?”.

He also downplayed President’s ‘glorious’ death remark, saying that the former Mysore ruler died inside the fort without putting up a fight. “Heroes fight n die in battlefield, timid Tipu died inside d fort without fighting!”, he wrote.

In the state, ever since the Siddaramaiah government had decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan as ‘Tipu Jayanti’, a tug of war is going on between Congress and the BJP. The BJP has strongly opposed the celebrations, calling it a strategy of Muslim appeasement.

According to the BJP leaders, the 18th-century ruler was cruel and known for forced conversion that is deserving of no celebrations. The Congress continues to cite BJP’s stand as ‘Communal’.

Source: News 18

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