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Pb Governor declines invite to attend Queen's birthday celebration in Chandigarh

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

V P Singh Badnore has declined to attend the birthday celebration of the of England, being organised here on Wednesday evening by the Commission, citing of the massacre on April 13.

Badnore, who was invited for the event as a special guest, wrote a letter this evening to Andrew Ayre, citing his inability to attend the function.

The governor, who is also the of Union Territory Chandigarh, wrote, "Thank you very much for the invite as a special guest at Her Majesty the party this evening at your residence. Let me wish Her Majesty, a long life and good health."

But, he added, he could not attend the event as it was being organised just days ahead of at 'Jallianwala Bagh' in

The governor, however, mentioned the good relations that the two nations enjoy after got its independence from the British rule.

"We have been supporting each other in diverse fields of mutual interest, such as business, trade, education etc. Bilateral economic ties between the two are strong, vibrant and wide-ranging. is the second-largest investor in Britain and Britain too is once of the largest investors in India," he wrote.

He further mentioned the British Mark Field's response to a debate in the British House of Commons, expressing "deep regrets" for the massacre and that the issue pertaining to an apology was a "work in progress".

"Even the British has termed the 'Jallianwala Bagh' tragedy 'a shameful scar'," the wrote.

"In the wake of the above, it may not be appropriate for me to be present on this occasion as 'Jallianwala Bagh' has always been a very emotive issue in Punjab," he mentioned.

On Wednesday, May too had stopped short of making a formal apology.

The massacre happened on in 1919 when troops of the under the command of fired machine guns at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 23:05 IST