Lok Sabha on Friday passed ”The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (amendment) Bill, which seeks to remove the Congress president as a trustee, amid vociferous protests from the party members who later walked out.
Piloting the bill, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel asserted that national memorials cannot be “political memorials” and they should be kept away from politics.
The bill was passed by a voice vote amid the Congress walkout. Amendments moved by Opposition parties were defeated by division of votes.Speaking on the bill, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann said Jallianwala Bagh belongs to all.
Giving point by point rebuttal, Patel said no one can rewrite history and nor the Modi government is doing that. It is only reviewing it and acknowledging those who have been forgotten.
He further said majority contribution for acquiring land for the memorial was given by common man and it was also common people who sacrificed their life there.