Congress opposes Jallianwala Bagh Bill passed in Lok Sabha
The Congress opposed the introduction of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Bill in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial.
The move to introduce the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was opposed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor urging the government not to betray history and the heritage by removing the Congress President citing the grand old party's long association with the trust.
Introducing the Bill, Tourism Minister, Prahlad Singh Patel said the Bill was passed in the 16th Lok Sabha but could not be passed in Rajya Sabha.
"I will respond to every issue raised by members during the debate on the Bill," he said pointing out that the Congress President has been a trustee since last 45-50 years.
The Bill amends the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.
The Act provides that the three eminent persons nominated by the central government will have a term of five years and will be eligible for re-nomination.
However, the Bill adds a provision to allow the central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee before the expiry of his term without assigning any reason.