Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to oppose the installation of Tipu Sultan’s statue in Proddutur town of Andhra Pradesh because it ‘hurts the sentiments of Hindus’.
“Andhra Pradesh BJP is opposing the plan to erect the statue of Tipu Sultan in Proddutur town of Kadapa district. The local Muslims and MLA are trying to erect Tipu Sultan’s statue. Hindus feel that their sentiments are hurt with the attempts to erect the statue of Tipu who had slaughtered a huge number of Indians,” Andhra Pradesh state BJP chief Somu Veerraju said in a statement.
Veerraju added that Proddutur town is synonymous with religious harmony, and erecting Tipu Sultan’s statue may lead to communal tension in the area.”Local BJP leadership is apprehending that the move may create a law and order situation,” he said. The BJP leader also claimed that Tipu Sultan is “not greater” than former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam who had done great service to the nation.” Instead of Tipu Sultan’s statue, Abdul Kalam’s statue should be erected. The statue committee and prominent people of the town should rethink and erect the Abdul Kalam statue,” he demanded.
The foundation stone of the Tipu Sultan statue was laid earlier this week by MLA Rachamallu Shiva Prasad Reddy, who represents the Proddatur constituency. The move has met with strong opposition from the Andhra Pradesh BJP unit.
Earlier, the Andhra BJP unit had criticised the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for attacks on Hindu temples in the state.