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Extinguishing Amar Jawan Jyoti tantamounts to extinguishing historical past: Congress

By means of PTI

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday accused the BJP govt of “casting off historical past” by means of extinguishing the Amar Jawan Jyoti on the India Gate right here and merging it with the immortal flame on the Nationwide Battle Memorial.

Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out, announcing some other people can’t perceive patriotism and sacrifice, and added that the Congress will mild the Amar Jawan Jyoti as soon as once more.

“This can be a topic of serious disappointment that the immortal flame for our courageous squaddies might be extinguished nowadays. Some other people can’t perceive patriotism and sacrifice – by no means thoughts…We can as soon as once more mild the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ for our squaddies,” Gandhi mentioned in a tweet in Hindi.

Govt assets maintained there’s numerous incorrect information at the topic, and mentioned the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti isn’t being extinguished, however is being merged with the flame on the Nationwide Battle Memorial.

BJP chief Sambit Patra additionally echoed the federal government view in a tweet.

Congress chief Manish Tewari alleged that extinguishing the flame tantamounts to casting off historical past.

“Extinguishing Amar Jawan Jyoti tantamounts to extinguishing historical past. For it commentates sacrifice of the ones 3,483 courageous squaddies who cleaved Pakistan into two portions and redrew map of South Asia publish partition,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Tewari mentioned it’s ironical that within the fiftieth yr of liberation of Bangladesh Govt appears to be running extra time to erase India’s greatest hour in publish impartial historical past.

“Amar Jawan Jyoti is imbued within the nationwide awareness. A thousand million other people have grown up venerating it. Why can not India have two everlasting flames? Amar Jawan Jyoti and Nationwide Battle Memorial.

“Redeveloping the Central Vista was once hubris sufficient however extinguishing the everlasting flame at India Gate is little short of a criminal offense. I’m shocked that the country is silent as a countrywide icon could be snuffed out within the venture to re-write historical past,” the previous union minister mentioned.

Govt assets mentioned it was once an extraordinary factor to peer that the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 and different wars however none in their names are provide there.

The names inscribed at the India Gate are of just a few martyrs who fought for the British within the Global Battle 1 and the Anglo Afghan Battle and thus is an emblem of our colonial previous, the federal government assets mentioned.

They mentioned the names of all Indian martyrs from all of the wars, together with 1971 and wars sooner than and after it are housed on the Nationwide Battle Memorial.

Therefore this is a true homage to have the flame paying tribute to martyrs there, they added.

Patra mentioned, “It’s ironic that individuals who didn’t make a Nationwide Battle Memorial for seven a long time are actually creating a hue and cry when an enduring and becoming tribute is being made to our martyrs”.

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