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Amarinder Singh hits back at PM for "politicising" Jallianwala tragedy

A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massare at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Feb. 4 2010 A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massare at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Feb. 4 2010. Narinder Nanu—AFP Getty Images
Jeannette Daniel | 16 April, 2019, 14:29

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'.

A museum in the United Kingdom has launched an exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh in collaboration with the Partition Museum in Amritsar to mark the centenary of the British colonial era massacre.

The British envoy to India said Saturday that his country regrets a massacre of hundreds of Indians by British colonial forces in the northwest city of Amritsar 100 years ago and "will continue to do so".

Indians have repeated their calls for an apology for a massacre but100 years on, Britain is yet to make an official apology.

"We must never forget what happened here".

Chandigarh | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing "dirty politics" after the PM claimed that the Congress leader skipped an official event marking the Jallianwala Bagh massacre's centenary as he was busy in "Congress parivar's bhakti".

British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith, who also visited the memorial in Amritsar, wrote, "The events of Jallianwala Bagh reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history".

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In a tweet on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the tragedy "horrific" and that the memory of those killed "inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of". Hours after Gandhi's visit, the Vice President also visited the memorial and released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a postage stamp.

Britain has yet to apologise for the deaths of Indians gathered peacefully in a park on the afternoon of 13 April, 1919.

In his brief interaction with reporters later, Asquith said British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history.

The British Government has not apologized for this massacre so far.

The wounds of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre still haunt millions and should be laid to rest at this the centenary of the horrendous act, Veteran Indian-origin Labour MP Virendra Sharma, Chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group, said in the Commons.

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.

A Cabinet Minister (OP Soni) was, however, duly appointed to be present at the central government function, which was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, said Amarinder, adding that all the necessary protocols were duly followed. However, she stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the tragic incident. "We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", Mrs May said.

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