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Modi attacks Pb CM for skipping Jallianwala Bagh commemoration ceremony

Press Trust of India  |  Kathua 

Sunday hit out at for not attending a function presided over by M to pay tributes to those killed in the massacre.

"There is a difference between 'rashtra bhakti' (patriotism) and 'pariwar bhakti' (loyalty to family). I have known Capt Singh for decades and never questioned his patriotism. But I can understand the pressure built on him for this 'pariwar bhakti' and the tactics being adopted in The too had to bend before it," Modi said.

The was addressing an election rally here in support of who is seeking re-election from the Udhampur parliamentary constituency. This was the second election rally addressed by Modi in the Jammu region during the past 18 days.

Referring to chief minister's absence at the commemoration ceremony organised by the Union Ministry of Culture, he said, "It is necessary to expose these people. Yesterday when the whole country was paying tributes to those killed in the massacre, was busy in playing politics," he said.

"The went to to participate in a government function to pay tributes to the martyrs but the was missing. He boycotted the function because he was busy with 'pariwar bhakti'," the alleged.

Lauding the valour of security forces, he said the question is why the Congress is "fearful and frustrated" when it hears about surgical and air strikes in

"The countrymen feel proud after hearing such things. The morale of our forces also go up, but the Congress is busy in politicking," he said.

The prime minister paid tributes to father of the Constitution B R Ambedkar and also greeted people on the occasion of

He also paid tributes to of BJP Anil Parihar, his brother and who were killed in separate terrorist attacks in district.

Modi said they sacrificed their lives for the nation and they will always be remembered.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:00 IST