Bengaluru, October 25:- President Ram Nath Kovind lauded the contribution of Tipu Sultan and said Tipu Sultan died a heroic death fighting the British.
He was addressing a joint session of Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on the 60th anniversary of Vidhana Soudha here on Wednesday.
Amidst the Tipu Jayanti row and opposition by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following the state government decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, the President lauded the contribution of Tipu Sultan and called him a pioneer in use of Mysore rockets in warfare.
Pointing out the diversity in the state, he said, “The diamond jubilee celebration of Vidhana Soudha is one of the memorable and historic events in the country. It is also a major event of independent democratic India. Karnataka is a land with ancient Jain and Buddhist traditions. Adi Shankaracharya founded the math in Sringeri. Gulbarga is a centre of Sufi culture. The reformist Lingayat movement under Basavacharya was located in Karnataka.”
The President also recalled Karnataka’s contribution to science, technology, arts, religion, and culture and in other fields.
He further said that Karnataka has been known through history for spiritualism as much as science, for its farmers as much as its technologists. The President heaped praise on state’s contribution to the Indian Army.
“Two of our finest Army Chiefs – Field Marshal K M Cariappa and General K S Thimayya – were sons of Karnataka,” he said.
Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, chairman of the state legislative council D H Shankara Murthy, the speaker of the state Legislative Assembly K B Koliwad received the president at the portico of the east gate entrance.
Opposition leaders Jagadish Shettar, K S Eshwarappa, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda, former chief ministers HD Kumaraswamy , Dr M Veerappa Moily, members of state council of ministers and others were present at the special session. – (KK, Inputs: Agencies)