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President praised Tipu Sultan; termed him hero

President praised Tipu Sultan; termed him hero

It appeared that ruling party chose to target the Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan after Taj Mahal.

But it seems that while lower rung leaders speak differently, it is the higher ups that speak the politically correct statements.

This has once again been repeated in case of Tipu Sultan’s legacy.

On Wednesday itself, President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday termed the 18th Century ruler of Mysore a hero who fought the British.

“Tipu Sultan died a glorious death while fighting the British,” the President said, while addressing a joint session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Wednesday. The reference to Tipu Sultan elicited cheers from the Congress benches.

Kovind further praised Tipu Sultan as a “pioneer” in development of warfare technology, saying, “He was a pioneer in the development and use of Mysore rocket. This technology was later adopted by the Europeans.”
Soon after Kovind’s speech, Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah tweeted, “Congratulations to Honorable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind for a states man like address to the Karnataka legislature. @rashtrapatibhvn”.

The comments, however, did not go well with a section of the BJP. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the President seemed to have been “misled”.

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