Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Jallianwala Bagh Smarak in Amritsar last weekend. The inauguration has divided the opposition party. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the revamp an insult to martyrs.
Taking it to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, “Such an insult to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh can only be done by those who do not know the meaning of martyrdom. I am the son of a martyr – I will not tolerate the insult of martyrs at any cost. We are against this indecent cruelty.”
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh contradicts Rahul Gandhi’s statement:
Now, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has contradicted Gandhi’s statement over the Jallianwala Bagh revamp and backed the centre. Singh called the revamp very nice. “I don’t know what has been removed. To me it looks very nice,” Singh said.
Punjab CM’s comment comes during the middle of a crisis within the state Congress. Section of leaders has rebelled against Singh’s leadership. The party leaders have elevated Navjot Singh Sidhu to the position of the chief of the party’s state unit.
Amarinder Singh was also present at the launch of the memorial through video-conferencing on Saturday. “I only can tell you that I do not know what has been removed but what I saw on that night, I also spoke that night. To me it looked very nice,” Singh said while interacting with the media.
Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janta Party on Tuesday lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for his attack on the renovation of the memorial. The party alleged that the opposition did not even construct a washroom at the site and now condemning the revamp by the centre.
BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh said, the Congress leader should explain what his party did for the famous memorial, which commemorates the sacrifice of hundreds of unarmed civilians killed by the British forces in 1919, during its rule for decades. When the memorial is now being expanded and modernised, then the Congress is rattled.
Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Revamp:
Talking about the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, four museum galleries have been developed through adaptive reuse of redundant and underutilised buildings. A sound and light show has also been set up to display the tragic events of April 13, 1919.