New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) official Twitter handle made an offensive remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him ‘General Dyer Modi’. The shocking remark made by the party was retweeted by its president and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who condemned the stone pelting on people in national capital’s Mayapuri.
A clash broke out between locals and security forces in Delhi’s Mayapuri area in the day after Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) officials began to seal some factories in the area following National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order to shut down nearly 850 factories.
It may be noted that April 13, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Colonel Reginald Dyer is the British officer under whose orders hundreds of Sikhs who had gathered peacefully on the occasion of Baisakhi on the same date in the year 1919 had been mercilessly killed. The firing led to the deaths of over 300 Sikhs. Kejriwal’s comment came as the nation mourned the martyrs of the event on its 100 year anniversary.
CM Kejriwal not just retweeted the derogatory remark but also claimed that the BJP has lathi-charged the shopkeepers and closed their shops in the area in order to gather support for their party.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid homage to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. He was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. “The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten. We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it,” the Congress chief wrote in the visitors’ book.
British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial separately on Saturday. In the visitors’ book, he wrote, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind remembered the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre and paid tribute to their valour and sacrifice. Later, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released commemorative postage stamp at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial on the commemoration of 100 years of the massacre.