Mumbai: NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday claimed that the BJP and the RSS are against Tipu Sultan as the "brave warrior" had fought against the ancestors of the Sangh.
"Tipu Sultan was a brave warrior, who gave his life fighting against the British forces. The BJP, which has used derogatory terms against him, forgets that 70 percent of his army comprised Hindu soldiers," he told reporters in Mumbai.
"The BJP and the RSS are against him because he had fought against ancestors of the RSS. Those who had sought asylum from the British have no right to define Tipu Sultan's patriotism," the NCP spokesperson added. He also hit out at union minister Anantkumar Hegde for his remarks against Tipu Sultan.
Hegde had stirred a hornet's nest after he requested the Karnataka government not to include his name in programme invitations for Tipu Jayanti celebrations. "(I have) conveyed (to) Karnataka government not to invite me to the shameful event of glorifying a person known as a brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist," Hegde had said in a Tweet on 20 October .
— Anantkumar Hegde (@AnantkumarH) October 20, 2017
Tipu was a ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore, who was considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May 1799 while defending his fort of Srirangapatna against the British forces.
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Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 16:00:44 IST