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CM questions Modi, Badals over absence from Jallianwala event

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

on Monday questioned the absence of and the family from the events to mark the centenary of the massacre by British forces.

Accusing the of "serious discrimination against the government in in matters of religious importance as part of his and his party's divisive agenda", upped the ante against Modi, who on Sunday chose to target him (Amarinder) in a speech at Kathua.

asked why the had not attended the event or pointed fingers at the leaders, including former Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh and Harsimrat Kaur for failing to attend the central government function to commemorate the centenary of the massacre.

"Neither Prakash or Sukhbir Badal nor Harsimrat Badal, who happens to be a Minister in Modi's own cabinet, deemed it fit to pay their homage to the martyrs at the historic Yet Modi, who himself chose to keep away from this occasion of national importance, had criticized me even though I had been part of a series of events at the Jallianwala Bagh national memorial over two days," Amarinder Singh said in a statement here.

"Why was not present at this major event? Why did the Badals fail to turn up, and why did the Prime Minister chose to conveniently ignore their absence?" asked the

Interpreting Modi's actions and words as part of his government's persistent discrimination against the government in Punjab, Amarinder Singh said that the central government chose to hold a parallel event to mark the Jallianwala Bagh centenary instead of supporting the state government's commemorative programmes.



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:20 IST