Amarinder Singh claimed he was unaware of Rahul Gandhi’s tweet and that he has no idea what was taken from the Jallianwala Bagh complex during the memorial’s renovation.
HOURS after AICC leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Jallianwala Bagh memorial complex’s renovation as a “insult to martyrs” on Twitter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh defied the party line and claimed the refurbished memorial “looks nice” to him.
Amarinder, on the other hand, said he was unaware of Rahul’s tweet and that he has no idea what has been removed from the compound during the memorial’s renovation.
“Only a person who does not know the meaning of sacrifice can inflict such an insult on the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh,” Rahul had tweeted earlier in the day, tagging a screenshot of a report on social media uproar over the redesign.
“I am the son of a martyr, and I will not allow any insult to martyrs at any cost,” he continued.
This disgusting cruelty is unacceptable to us.”
Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, opted to disagree. “I was a part of the inaugural function of the rebuilt Jallianwala Bagh when Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw it open for the public,” Amarinder told reporters on the sidelines of a function to distribute improved social security pensions of Rs 1500 per month. There was also a laser show.
They needed to patch up the cracks in the walls, in my opinion. “I like how the renovation is coming along.”
Newsmen also informed the CM that Rahul Gandhi had tweeted on the renovation of the Jalianwala Bagh, but he said he was unaware of Rahul’s tweet.
“I can only know that I have no idea what was removed away, but what I observed that night, I also spoke about that night. Amarinder told reporters, “It looked quite nice to me.”
This isn’t the first time Amarinder has gone against the party’s position on an issue. When the Congress was opposed to the GST, he backed the Centre.
He had stated that it would be advantageous to the states. He has also adopted a softer position on Major Nitin Gogoi, who had a stone-pelter affixed to his jeep in Kashmir’s troubled region.
This was another time when the Congress was criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir.
जलियाँवाला बाग़ के शहीदों का ऐसा अपमान वही कर सकता है जो शहादत का मतलब नहीं जानता।
मैं एक शहीद का बेटा हूँ- शहीदों का अपमान किसी क़ीमत पर सहन नहीं करूँगा।
हम इस अभद्र क्रूरता के ख़िलाफ़ हैं। pic.twitter.com/3tWgsqc7Lx
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 31, 2021
Even this time, Amarinder has chosen to go against the grain, despite the fact that other party leaders have rallied around Rahul.
Soon after Rahul’s tweet, congress Jaiveer Shergill claimed that the BJP-led central government’s plan to renovate the “Jallianwala route” is “not to conserve but to obliterate the marks of General Dyer’s atrocities committed under British rule.”
“The central vistafication of the Jallianwala Bagh tunnel is the ultimate insult to those who lost their lives on that fateful day! “It’s a pity,” he said.
“Call me a traditional Indian, but I am not a fan of placing disco lights on institutions of importance and dignity,” Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi remarked in a tweet on Monday.
“Such pomp reduces the gravity and agony of the Jallianwala Bagh Smarak to basic entertainment,” he claimed, adding, “Similarly, the strobe lights on Parliament are horrible as well.”
Meanwhile, Congress officials claim that the party has been closely monitoring Amarinder’s actions, particularly since his detractor Navjot Sidhu’s appointment as PPCC chairman. In the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections in Punjab, both the Amarinder and Sidhu camps are locked in a vicious power struggle.