You Used A Sombre Occasion To Play Dirty Politics: Captain Amarinder Singh Slams Modi Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Remarks
Singh claimed the BJP govt had ignored the state’s plans for two years and organised a parallel event with the Vice President.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he accused the former of politicising the Jallianwala Bagh centenary.
PTI reported that while rallying for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, Modi accused the Congress of politicising the Jallianwala Bagh. He said, “The vice president was at Jallianwala Bagh for the government event. He paid tribute to martyrs, but the Congress chief minister was not there.”
He reportedly claimed that nationalism was an insult for the Opposition. He said that the Punjab chief minister had insulted the Jallianwala Bagh memorial by not attending the government’s ceremony on the day of the centenary.
He said, “I have known Captain Amarinder Singh for a long time. I have never raised a question on his patriotism. I can understand the kind of pressure that must have been put on him for this kind of ‘parivar bhakti’ (Congress loyalty).”
The Punjab CM countered Modi on Twitter saying that he was shocked by his comments, as he used the solemn occasion of Jallianwala Bagh centenary ‘to play dirty politics.’
Singh pointed out that it was the Centre which had opportunely ignored the state’s two-year-old request for support for the occasion and went ahead in planning a parallel event with the Vice President.
Shocked by your remarks in Kathua on Jallianwala Bagh @narendramodi ji. You used a somber occasion to play dirty politics, conveniently ignoring your own government’s decision to hold a parallel event instead of extending support to my govt, which we’d been requesting for 2 yrs.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 14, 2019
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre has emerged as a sensitive topic as it commemorates 100 years in 2019. In the toxic political climate of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, politicians have used the massacre to one-up each other.
Earlier the Punjab chief minister slammed MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal on her hypocrisy about commemorating Jallianwala Bagh, saying that her husband’s ancestors had organised a lavish dinner to celebrate the massacre. Badal had alleged Singh lacked the courage to ask Rahul Gandhi for an apology for Operation Blue Star.