New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday handed by voice vote the Jallianwala Bagh Nationwide Memorial Modification Invoice, 2019 with minor opposition from few political events, together with the Congress.
It amends the Jallianwala Bagh Nationwide Memorial Act, 1951 and the supply that the chief of the Congress would be the ex-officio trustee. It supplies for nomination of three trustees by the Centre for 5 years and their renomination as nicely.
The central authorities can now terminate a nominated trustee earlier than the expiry of his/her time period with out assigning any purpose.
The Invoice clarifies that when there isn’t a Chief of the Opposition within the Lok Sabha, chief of the one largest opposition celebration would be the trustee.
Tabling the Invoice, Minister of State for Tradition and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel mentioned, “After 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, everyone should have come on board leaving politics aside and pass the Bill.”
The Lok Sabha handed the Invoice on August 2, 2019.
Participating within the debate, Partap Singh Bajwa (Congress) mentioned the amendments had been “cynical” and eradicating the Congress president as ex-officio trustee would solely destroy the feelings of the liberty battle.
Requesting for the withdrawal of the Invoice, Bajwa urged the federal government to point out magnanimity, pay respect to the Congress contribution within the freedom battle, and to not attempt to rewrite historical past. He additionally urged Bharat Ratna for Bhagat Singh in addition to Udham Singh, who avenged the bloodbath by killing Gen. R.E. Harry Dyer in London, who had ordered troops to fireside on the congregation there.
Shwait Malik (BJP) referred to as for turning Jallianwala Bagh bloodbath web site right into a nationwide memorial place and the sunshine & sound present highlighting the sacrifices of the liberty fighter there.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) mentioned the kin of martyrs be made trustee and the federal government should guarantee their welfare. “Rabindra Nath Tagore renounced the British Knighthood in protest against the 1919 massacre,” mentioned Roy.
Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) mentioned the federal government ought to come out with the checklist of martyrs.
Supporting the Invoice, S. Muthukarupan (AIADMK) mentioned within the bloodbath, also called the Amritsar bloodbath, that occurred on April 13, 1919, as many as 400 folks, together with 41 kids — one solely six-week-old, misplaced their lives. Over 1,000 others had been injured.
Criticising the eagerness of the treasury benches to take management of the Jallianwala Bagh Belief, KK Ragesh of the CPI-M mentioned, monuments weren’t mere monuments, they inform us the nice historical past. Monuments ought to be related to historical past. “You are taking total control of that monument. I don’t know why,” he mentioned.
Tiruchi Siva (DMK) mentioned the memorial ought to be maintained as a spot of patriotism and never as a vacationer place.
Sanjay Singh (Aam Admi Celebration) mentioned, as a substitute of discussing who ought to run the memorial, efforts ought to be made to honour the martyrs’ households. He additionally raised the JNU subject and in contrast the police motion with Normal Dyer’s motion.
Responding to the talk, Patel mentioned after 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh bloodbath, everybody ought to have come on board, leaving politics apart. “After the death of life trustees, like Jawaharlal Nehru, Saifuddin Kitchlew and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Congress never nominated other people in their place,” mentioned Patel.
Solely in 1970, Indira Gandhi chaired a gathering of the belief because the Prime Minister not because the Congress chief. After that, in 1998, Sonia Gandhi chaired the assembly of the belief because the Congress president.
“The Congress never decided whether the Prime Minister or the Congress chief will be chairing the trust. Also, we have not replaced the Congress chief with the BJP chief,” mentioned Patel.
He mentioned the federal government was dedicated to pay respect to martyrs of the liberty battle and the Invoice was a step on this regard.