In a virtual meeting on Thursday of the Market and Garden Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
(BMC), the situation became stressed over the naming of a Municipal garden in Govandi after 18 century Mysore King Tipu Sultan. BJP Corporator accusing the idea, calling Sultan Anti-Hindu and on the other hand a Samajwadi Party (SP) Corporator citing the saffron party of communalizing the issue.
The proposal has now been sent back to the civic administration by the Shiv Sena
-led Market and Garden Committee, asking the authorities for a detailed overview. “We have sent the proposal back to the administration as we need more information to keep going with the work on developing the garden. As the meeting was online so I did not permit any members to speak”, stated Committee Chairperson Pratima Khopade.
“We can never support the proposal as Tipu Sultan was not a good king killing many Hindus and converted many Hindus to Islam. Temples were destroyed by him. If this move is passed it will hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus”, said the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) leader and Corporator Bhalchandra Shirsat. “If the garden is named after some Independence activist like Maulana Azad, Former President Abdul Kalam or war hero Havildar Abdul Hamid, we assure the support,” Shirsat added.
Social media posters were released by the BJP, accusing the Sena of naming the garden. The revamp of the two-acre plot, which was at a pause because of the encroachment and anti-social activities, into a garden is anticipated to be done by December, Rs 2 crore has been spent on the project and a period of 18 months is given to finish the work by year-end.