As Britain reiterated their stand that Jalianwala Bagh incident is “shameful scar” in their history, Congress workers took it to Facebook to claim the credit of the incident while a CPIM MP attacked the Union Government for not seeking an apology.
The Congress workers shared posters claiming that the statement from the UK government is the result of the pressure exerted by their MP Shashi Tharoor.
British Prime Minister Teresa May on Wednesday described the massacre as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. However, they did not go for an apology this time too. The UK Foreign Office has earlier refused to apologise saying that they have “rightly condemned” the act, in a reply to the London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s request.
Palakkad MP M B Rajesh and Tharoor, who sought the apology from the UK, opined that the statement is insufficient.
On February 13, when the Lok Sabha debated Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust (Amendment) Bill, Rajesh had demanded that the House should adopt a resolution seeking an apology from British.
Taking a dig at Narendra Modi government, Rajesh tweeted: “I have asked the Indian Govt to pass a resolution seeking an unconditional apology from the British regime which the ‘nationalist’ Modi Government refused to do.”
2. I have asked the Indian Govt to pass resolution seeking unconditional apology from the British regime which the ‘nationalist’ Modi Government refused to do. pic.twitter.com/KutcZEtLJe
— M.B.Rajesh (@MBRajeshCPM) April 11, 2019
“The British PM must now express a “full, clear and unequivocal apology” as sought by her opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn. More important, Britain must express atonement not just for one atrocity, but for the colonial evils of which #JallianwalaBagh was the symbol, not the cause,” tweeted Tharoor while welcoming the statement.
Rajesh, a CPIM state committee member, had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to release funds to re-start the light-and-sound show at Jallianwala Bagh memorial which was stopped due to “due to the paucity of funds.”
The British troops under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired into a crowd at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab killing more than 1,000 freedom fighters. The country is observing the centenary of the massacre on Saturday (April 13).
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 10, 2019