Mumbai: Controversy over civic garden proposed to be named after Tipu Sultan | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The BJP in the BMC on Thursday opposed a proposal that was tabled at a civic committee meeting to name a garden in Govandi after Tipu Sultan.
They said that Tipu Sultan indulged in forced conversions of Hindus among other atrocities being done and hence have demanded that the garden either be named as Maulana Azad or Havildar Abdul Hamid – from the Indo-Pak war of 1965.
In a letter sent to the civic garden and market committee chairman, BJP’s nominated corporator Bhalchandra Shirsat said that while the party was not opposed to a Muslim name but Tipu Sultan had opposed the British only for his personal gains in a bid to defend his own fort.
“How can a civic garden be named after such a ruler who hangs hundreds of Hindus, destroys thousands of temples, converts Hindus and oppresses women. The Shiv Sena by not allowing our party members to speak indirectly showcased its support to the proposal it appears,” said Shirsat.
Local corporator Rukhsana Siddique, from the Samajwadi Party, who had proposed the name said that Tipu Sultan was referred to as the Tiger of Mysore.
“He bitterly opposed the British Rule in southern India, posing a grave threat to the East India Company. The reason I proposed the name to be given before the garden works was completed was as the procedure for name giving is lengthy and I hence felt that the name could be approved by the time the garden was ready for opening,” said Siddique, adding, that the garden plot was encroached before they decided to take it up for greening.
The BJP party men barged into the Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar’s cabin on Thursday afternoon, however, they were informed that no decision has been taken regarding it as the work is incomplete.
“Every corporator has a right to propose a name for a garden in their ward; however as works on the garden was not completed the proposal has been referred back,” said Pednekar adding that there are civic amenities in the city named after Tipu Sultan.
In Malad, a civic playground in Malwani has the name of Tipu Sultan. Congress corporator Qamar Jahan Siddique said that the playground was named so several years back as proposed by the local MLA.

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