“There is a difference between ‘rashtra bhakti (patriotism)’ and ‘parivar 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 ‘parivar bhakti’ and the tactics being adopted in Punjab. The captain too had to bend before it,” PTI reported Modi as saying on Sunday during an election rally in Kathua.
Countering the PM’s criticism for not attending the Jallianwala Bagh event organised by the central government, Amarinder said the Centre had deliberately chosen to hold a parallel event. Instead of supporting the Punjab government’s programmes, planned months ago and brought to the Union government’s notice, the CM said the central government had chosen instead to have a separate event in Amritsar on Saturday to score political brownie points in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha polls.
Amarinder said he had personally approached the PM several times over the last two years to seek support for ensuring that the centenary of the historic event was observed in a befitting manner, but the Centre did not respond suitably. Amarinder said it was Modi who had insulted the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, first by not being present at any of the commemorative events, and then by choosing to politicise the occasion.