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After Modi, Akalis corner Amarinder over 'skipping' Jallianwala Bagh event

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A war of words broke out between Minister and Kaur Badal on Sunday over the former's absence from an official event marking the massacre's centenary.

The event was organised in on Saturday by the Centre and was attended by Vice M Venkaiah Naidu.

Singh has alleged that the central government deliberately chose to hold a "parallel event" instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the

At a poll rally on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, a town located on Punjab's border, said Singh boycotted the function because he was busy in "parivar's bhakti (appeasing the Gandhi family)".

After Modi's remarks, and Kaur Badal also targeted the minister over the issue.

"Shocked at @ capt_amarinder's refusal to join the country in paying tributes to martyrs. Was it not a matter of pride that the country was saluting sons & daughters of who were martyred so that we could live free lives?," the tweeted.

"You @ capt_amarinder proved your care for martyrs by boycotting national function headed by the Vice of .. you cheapened by holding parallel function of PPCC. Martyr families won't forgive this insult," Kaur Badal said in a tweet.

president and had on Saturday morning paid floral tributes at the Memorial in The function organised by the Centre was organised in the afternoon that day.

Singh lashed out at the Akali leadership for "trying to politicise the Jallianwala Bagh centenary, quite patently at the behest of their political masters the BJP".

"Notwithstanding the fact that elections in have, over the years, become a playground for no-holds barred battles, it was shameful that the SAD, at the bidding of the BJP leadership, was exploiting the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs to woo voters," he tweeted.

"The Badal clan, including Harsimrat, had reduced themselves to being puppets in the hands of the BJP leaders," he said.

"The BJP and its allies were bereft of any constructive electoral agenda, and were thus resorting to all kinds of falsehoods and engaging in petty, low-level in a frantic effort to grab power," the senior said in a statement.

Harsimrat also put out a video on her account, attacking Singh, the scion of erstwhile Patiala Royals, on the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy issue.

"When will u learn lesson from history @ capt_amarinder? Or you covering up ur grandfather's role in supporting the man who ordered Pl watch this video to refresh memory about how cosied up to Gen and insulted the martyrs," she tweeted.

The chief minister, however, asked the to spend her time and on learning history instead of expending all of it in launching tirades against him.

He said the MP, in a desperate bid to mislead the people of Punjab and woo their votes for the Lok Sabha elections, has posted a series of factually incorrect tweets on his grandfather.

"You're asking me to learn distorted history @HarsimratBadal_? A random video of a social visit by my grandfather in London, with no connect to #Jallianwala BaghMassacre, wont help you cover your great grandfather's lavish dinner to Gen Dyer on the very day of the massacre," Singh tweeted in response to Harsimrat's tweets.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:45 IST