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Speaker anguished over BJP objecting to Tipu Sultan's portrait in Assembly

NEW DELHI: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday expressed his anguish over Bharatiya Janata Party legislators raising objection over the portrait of erstwhile Mysore king Tipu Sultan being put up in the Delhi Assembly, which is among the portrais of 70 revolutionaries freedom fighters and heroes.
BJP MLA had termed putting up of the portrait of Tipu Sultan as a move "hurting sentiments of people," asking when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal knew that Tipu Sultan was a controversial personality, why was his portrait being installed.
"He is not a personality to be placed beside Bhagat Singh, Lakshmi Bai. I will raise the issue in the Assembly too," said Sharma.
In his response, Goel stated on page no 114 of the Constitution of India, the names of Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tipu Sultan have been mentioned. "If our the authors of our Constitution say they are not traitors, why is unnecessary controversy being created here," Goel asked.
The Speaker said that it is a matter of pride to place the portrait of Tipu Sultan, who had given a tough fight to the Britishers and the BJP's objection to his portrait shows its narrow-mindedness.
On Friday, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Martyrs Memorial Gallery at Delhi Assembly, to mark the Republic Day celebrations.
The portraits have been put up to remember the brave freedom fighters and inspiring the visitors.
Among the freedom fighters whose portraits now adorn the Assembly are Ashfaqullah Khan, Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.
On Thursday, Kejriwal had attacked the Centre for failing to rein in the vandals in Gurugram, who pelted stones on a school bus and set afire a Haryana Roadways bus earlier this week, in protest of the release of 'Padmaavat'.
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