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Harsimrat targets Amarinder on demanding apology for Jallianwala Bagh, Punjab CM raises her Dyer connection

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Harsimrat targets Amarinder on demanding apology for Jallianwala Bagh, Punjab CM raises her Dyer connection

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was seeking an apology from the UK for Jallianwala Bagh massacre but not from the Gandhi family for Operation Blue Star.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday criticised Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for seeking an apology from the UK for Jallianwala Bagh massacre and not the Gandhi family for Operation Blue Star.

In a tweet, Harsimrat Kaur Badal questioned Amarinder Singh for not demanding an apology from the Gandhi family.

"Amarinder Singh is seeking apology from British government for Jallianwala Bagh massacre. What about an apology from Gandhis for Operation Blue Star?" Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted.

In 1984, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, ordered the military operation to remove Sikh militants who were accumulating weapons in the Harmandir Sahib Complex (Golden Temple). It was called Operation Blue Star.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal further slammed Amarinder Singh for taking Congress party president Rahul Gandhi to Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that Amarinder Singh lacked the courage to question the Congress for demolishing Sikhs' highest religion-temporal seat with tanks and mortars.

In a tweet, she said, "What a contrast with demand for British apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre!"

Amarinder Singh was quick to reply to her accusations and highlighted her family connections to General Dyer, the man who ordered the British troops to fire at a crowd in Jallianwala Bagh.

In a tweet, Amarinder Singh said, "Did you, your husband Sukhbir Singh Badal, or his father, Prakash Singh Badal, ever apologise for your great grandfather, Sardar Sunder Singh Majithia's lavish dinner to Genernal Dyer on the day of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre? He was later knighted in 1926 for his loyalty and his deeds."

On Sunday, April 13, 1919, the day of Baisakhi -- one of the largest festivals of the Sikh community -- a peaceful crowd gathered at the ceremonial ground from the nearby Golden Temple to celebrate.


As many as 90 British Indian Army soldiers, commanded by Colonel Reginald Dyer, opened fire at over 20,000 unarmed men, women and children without any warning or order to disperse the mob.

Apart from the many deaths due to direct shooting, a number of people died from stampedes or by suffocation from jumping into a solitary well on the Jallianwala ground to escape bullets.