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

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

The and the engaged in a bitter war of words on Saturday 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 Akalis of indulging in "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.

"Rahul's visit is just to gain political mileage. He should have tendered an apology for Operation of 1984," leader and said in Bathinda.

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

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

"Minister should have asked Rahul to tender an apology for the attack on Harmandir Sahib in 1984," she said.

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

The Union minister's comments drew sharp reactions from the

"Did you, your husband @officeofssbadal or his father, Parkash 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," Singh tweeted.

Congress also attacked the Akalis.

He alleged 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. 18:05 IST
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