Ahead of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary on April 13, 1919, the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to mount pressure on the Centre to seek a formal apology from the British government for one of the worst ever bloodbaths in the world.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said that it would be a befitting tribute to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre during its centenary year.
The resolution was moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra and was passed unanimously through a voice vote.
On the floor of the Vidhan Sabha, Mohindra said that the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was a dastardly act perpetrated upon the innocent people, who had converged there on the fateful day of Baisakhi on April 13, 1919, to protest the Rowlatt Act of the Imperial rulers.
Even the British government of the day had realised the gravity of the irresponsible act, as evident in the premature superannuation of General Dyer from the British Army, the minister said.
He pointed out that Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore had returned the title of Knighthood in protest.
Urging the Speaker to put the resolution to voice vote, Mohindra said that in light of these facts it was high time for India to prevail upon the British government to tender an apology to assuage the bruised psyche of our countrymen and fellow Indian diaspora settled across the globe.