Taking strong exception to his Kathua remarks on the issue, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for playing dirty politics over the sombre occasion of the Jallianwala Bagh centenary. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused.
Saturday marked the centenary of the bloodbath in Jallianwala Bagh when British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on unarmed, innocent Indians, including women and children, who had gathered there to hold a peaceful protest against the oppressive Rowlatt Act of the British government. In the year 1919, thousands of people were killed in this massacre in Amritsar, but only 379 murders were reported in the figures of the British Government.
British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith, a descendant of Herbert Asquith, prime minister from 1908 to 1916, on Saturday followed suit at the Jallianwala Bagh walled garden, where bullet marks are still visible. "Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of", PM Modi tweeted.
Rejecting the regret expressed recently by British Prime Minister Theresa May as "inadequate", Amarinder Singh on Friday demanded "an unequivocal official apology from Britain". Hours after Gandhi's visit, the Vice President also visited the memorial and released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a postage stamp.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten. He was accompanied by Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, among others.
The Dailymail reports, according to the proposal, there will be a real tribute to the martyrs apologising for the killings on Baisakhi on 13th April 1919.
The Punjab chief minister, Modi said, insulted the Jallianwala Bagh memorial by not attending the government's memorial on the day of the centenary.
"It would have been most gratifying had the Indian govt. succeeded in extracting an apology from the British for this gruesome massacre", she wrote on Twitter.
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. Former prime minister Herbert Asquith called it "one of the worst outrages in the whole of our history". "This inhuman act of imperial might remains an indelible bloody stain on the canvas of recent Indian history", Naidu in his tribute said.