Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out Prime Minister Narendra Modi for playing dirty politics over the Jallianwala Bagh centenary.
Reacting sharply to PM Modi’s attack on him over the Jallianwala Bagh event which was organised by the central government, Singh said the Centre had deliberately chosen to hold a parallel event instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the state government. Singh said that he had in person approached the central government to seek support for ensuring that the centenary is observed in a proper manner but the government failed to respond.
“Instead, the Modi government decided to hold its own event, quite evidently to score brownie political points in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections,” he said. This was truly shocking considering the fact that the prime minister was chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust, Singh further said.
“Shocked at your remarks in Kathua on Jallianwala Bagh, Narendra Modi Ji. You used a sombre occasion to play dirty politics, conveniently ignoring your own government’s decision to hold a parallel event instead of extending support to my government, which we’d been requesting for 2 years.” – the Chief Minister also tweeted.
Unlike the BJP, the Congress leadership does not believe in dictating terms to its state governments, said the Punjab CM, countering Modi’s remark that he did not attend the central government event under pressure from his party high command. “These things happen in the BJP, which you, Modi, are running in your typical dictatorial style,” Singh quipped.
He also condemned the PM for trying to mislead the people with this politically motivated falsehoods. He added that it was PM Modi who had insulted the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, first by not being present at any of the commemorative events and then by politicising the occasion.