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Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Revamp: Martys Insulted says Rahul Gandhi, Amrinder Singh contradicts

Criticising the renovation of Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at the government. However, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh praised the new revamped look.

Captain, praising the new look of the historical Jallianwala Bagh said “It looks very nice.” He further said “I was a part of the inauguration function of the newly renovated Jallianwala Bagh when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it open for the public. There was a laser show too. I felt they needed to repair the walls which had developed cracks. The renovation looks nice to me.”

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had called the move to renovate the Jallianwala Bagh as an insult to all the Martys. Taking to his twitter handle, Rahul, in Hindi tweeted “Such an insult to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh can only be done by those people who don’t understand the meaning of martyrdom. I am a son of a martyr and I will not tolerate the insult of martyrs at any cost, we are against this indecent cruelty.”

The Prime Minister on Saturday opened the renovated complex, saying it is the country’s duty to protect its history. The PM further added that horrors like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the partition speak of the sacrifices made for India’s freedom and should not be forgotten.

However, the government’s move drew a lot of outrage and criticism from several political leaders and historians. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said “Only those people who stayed away from the epic freedom struggle can scandalise this”. Notable historian and scholar S Irfan Habib said “This is corporatisation of monuments, where they end up as modern structures, losing their rich heritage value. These memorials should be taken care of without meddling with the flavours of the period they represent.”

However, the netizens were however divided in their opinions with some backing the move calling it much needed while some criticizing it by calling it a distortion of history in the name of renovation.

A whole lot of leaders from the grand old party joined Rahul Gandhi in criticizing the move by the Modi led government to renovate the Jallianwala Bagh. These included Gaurav Gogoi, Jaiveer Shergill and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal. However, with Captain taking a different stand from the party line, this certainly has raised eyebrows in the power corridors as this comes at a time when Amrinder Singh is facing revolts within his own party in the poll bound Punjab.

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