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Akalis, Cong in war of words over Rahul Gandhi's visit to Golden Temple

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The and opposition on Saturday engaged in a bitter war of words over Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Golden Temple, with the latter demanding an apology from the ruling party's for Operation and the former accusing the Akalis of playing "shallow" politics.

Gandhi, accompanied by Minister Amarinder Singh, visited the on late on Friday night, soon after his arrival in to mark the centenary of the massacre.

leader and held the responsible for the "attack" on the Sikh shrine, also known as Harmandir Sahib.

The had carried out Operation in June 1984 to flush out militants hiding in the complex.

"Rahul Gandhi's visit is just to gain political mileage. He should have tendered an apology for Operation in 1984," she said in Bathinda, adding, "Minister should have asked Rahul to tender apology for the attack on Harmandir Sahib in 1984."

The comments by the invited sharp reaction from the

tweeted, "Did you, your husband@officeofssbadal or his father, Prakash Singh Badal, ever apologise for your great grandfather, Sardar Sunder Singh Majithia's lavish dinner to Gen on the day of massacre?He was later knighted in 1926 for his loyalty and his deeds."

Earlier, wrote on Twitter, "Pb CM@capt_amarinder took@RahulGandhi to Sri Akal Takht Sahib but lacked courage to ask him admit the@INCIndia's sin of demolishing Sikhs' highest religio-temporal seat with tank & mortars. What a contrast with demand for British apology for #JallianwalaBaghMassacre !"

The minister described Harsimrat Kaur Badal's tweet as an "outrageous statement and blatantly politically motivated", and lashed out at the Union minister, her brother and the Badal clan for "playing the charade of nationalism to promote their vested political interests".

"I resigned from Parliament and my party in protest against the military action. I was, and still am, fully aware of the implications and consequences of the events of those days," said, while quipping that would have been in school at that time and "totally clueless" of what transpired then.

chief also attacked the Akalis alleging that the had a "small thinking" and was indulging in "shallow" politics.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi paid floral tributes at the and said the cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten.

The massacre took place in during the festival in April 1919. The British Indian Army, under the command of Dyer, fired machine guns at a crowd holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving hundreds dead.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 21:50 IST