The Amar Jawan Jyoti was constructed as a memorial for Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and was inaugurated by the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi, on January 26, 1972.
Baghel said that the ideology of truth and non-violence of the Congress was inspired by Gandhi.
‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ (in Delhi) has been doused. They (Centre) have played with the emotions of people. Congress will now bring in ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ in Chhatisgarh; Rahul Gandhi to lay its foundation on February 3: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
Attacking the Centre over the merger, and for its decision to “extinguish” the eternal flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti to merge with the National War Memorial, Baghel says that the government has played with ‘people’s emotions.’ In a press release, Baghel said the removal of the Amar Jawan Jyoti pained him.
Congress’ ideology is inspired by Gandhi…It’s about truth and non-violence…While Modiji’s ideology is that of Savarkar and Godse. It’s about violence and conspiracy. Congress & BJP are two sides of a river: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Congress accuses BJP of removing history
The Congress party accused the BJP of “removing history,” with Rahul Gandhi saying some people cannot understand patriotism and sacrifice.
“It is a matter of great sadness that the immortal flame of our brave soldiers will be extinguished today. Some people cannot understand patriotism and sacrifice – never mind…We will once again light the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ for our soldiers,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
Responding to this, the BJP hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for opposing the merger of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate with the flame at NWM, with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri saying that the flame at the Amar Jawan Jyoti was under the British-established building because the National War Memorial was not built by Congress.