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BJP continues attack on Cong over skipping Jallianwala Bagh commemoration event

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP Sunday continued its attack on the for not attending an event to mark the centenary of the massacre Saturday.

The party accused the of disrespecting the martyrs and criticised for "boycotting" the event which was organised in on Saturday by the Centre and was attended by M Venkaiah Naidu.

In a press conference here, said, "The boycott of Vice President's event was an assault on the federal structure of the country. Some members of the 'mahamilavat gang' of the opposition recently demanded a separate for After J&K, are they trying to create another situation where a for will be demanded?"

Singh, on the other hand, alleged that the BJP-led central government had deliberately chosen to hold a "parallel event" instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the

He claimed in a statement that he personally approached the several times over the last two years to seek support for ensuring that the occasion is commemorated in a befitting manner but the Centre had "failed" to respond suitably.

"Instead, the government decided to hold its own event, quite evidently to score political brownie points in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections," he alleged.

Singh was responding to a statement made by the at a political rally at Kathua where he said, "The was in for the government event. He paid tribute to martyrs but CM was not there."

The chief minister, said, insulted the memorial by not attending the government's memorial on the day of the centenary.

The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in during the festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the under the command of opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:35 IST