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Treasury over Jallianwala Bagh Bill  in LS
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Treasury over Jallianwala Bagh Bill in LS

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : Opposing the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill 2019, Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK on Friday in Lok Sabha accused the Government of rewriting history while the treasury benches accused the grand-old-party of manufacturing history.

The Bill amends the provision of removing the president of the Indian National Congress as a Trustee. Further, it clarifies that when there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, then the leader of  the single largest opposition party will be the Trustee.

As soon as the discussion on the Bill commenced in the House, Congress Member Gurjeet Aujla accused the Government of changing history and asked what was compulsion to remove Congress president from the trustee.He said the Government should withdraw the Bill.

In a counter attack, SAD member and Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal accused the Congress of being responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots. She accused the Congress of hiding history. 'On Jallianwala Bagh massacre, grandfather of the present Chief Minister of Punjab Chief had telegram General Dyer that your action was correct,' she said, adding that she was quoting recorded history.

There was uproar in the House by Congress members over her remarks. Intervening, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said that she has not taken anyone's name.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said anything unparliamentary will be removed.DMK Member Dayanidhi Maran while opposing the Bill, said this Bill should be withdrawn. 'Why you (Government) want to change history and rewrite History after 100 years.

He said this Parliament is not to rewrite History. ' We should make History,' he said. 'Why waste time of Parliament in rewriting History,' he added.

Trinamool Congress Member Saugata Roy said he opposes the clause of the Bill of removing Congress president as member of trustee. 'Why government wants to change history and rewrite history,' he said. 'I totally oppose the Bill,' he added.
The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act of 1951 aims to erect a National Memorial in memory of  those killed and wounded in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 12, 1919. In addition, the Bill also creates a trust to manage the memorial.
The 1952 Act named the Congress president as one of the trustees of the memorial, in addition to Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Governor of the State of Punjab, the Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, and three persons nominated by the Central Government.

Currently, the trust comprises of the Prime Minister, the Congress president, Culture Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Punjab Governor, and Punjab CM as its members.

The Amendment Bill seeks to remove the Congress president from the trustees list. And in case there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, the Bill provides for the leader of the single largest opposition party to be a trustee.

The 1951 Act also says that the three trustees nominated by the central government will be trustees for a period of five years and will be eligible for renomination.
But the Amendment Bill allows the central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee before the expiry of the period of his/her term without assigning any reason. (UNI)