Rahul Gandhi accepts J-K Governor’s invite, says ensure freedom to travel, meet people

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi,Aug 13: Accepting Governor Satya Pal Malik’s invitation to visit Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he should be given the “freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed there.”

“A delegation of opposition leaders and I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there,” Gandhi tweeted.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik reacted after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that there have been reports of violence in Kashmir, saying he will send him an aircraft to visit the valley and observe the ground situation.

“I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Malik said. Malik was replying to a question about statements and reports by some leaders and the media about the violence in Kashmir.

On Saturday night, Gandhi said that some reports had come in from Jammu and Kashmir about the violence there and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must assuage concerns over the matter in a transparent manner.

The governor said there was no communal angle in scrapping provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35-A was for everyone. There is no communal angle (for scrapping it) in Leh, Kargil, Jammu, Rajouri-Poonch and not here either (Kashmir). There is no communal angle to it,” he said.

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