Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, making his first go to to Srinagar for the reason that authorities scrapped particular standing for Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, and cut up it into two union territories, has demanded restoration of J&K’s statehood and the conduct of Assembly election.
He additionally slammed the federal government for shutting down the opposition, saying that they have been “shouted down whenever we want to raise the issue of J&K or Pegasus”, and warned folks of a “direct assault on Jammu and Kashmir, and an indirect assault on the rest of the country”.
Mr Gandhi mentioned his go to – at present is the second and last day – was a homecoming of types.
“I want a relationship of dignity and love with people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have faced pain and suffering… before Delhi, my family was living in Allahabad. Before that they were living in Kashmir…”
“I understand you. My family has taken the water of Jhelum. Your customs and your thinking… which we call kashmiryat… is also in me,” the Congress chief, mentioned, vowing to combat and defeat “the ideology of fear and hatred (spread) by the BJP and RSS”.
Addressing J&Okay get together staff in Srinagar – the place he opened a brand new workplace for the get together – Mr Gandhi mentioned: “My message to you (Congress workers and the people of J&K) is that I have brought respect and love for you… this new office is a new beginning. I tried coming earlier but was stopped at the airport itself. Aaj aaya hoon, jald waapis bhi aaunga (Today I have come, and will return soon)”.
Mr Gandhi additionally visited the well-known Hazratbal Dargah in Srinagar.
He posted photographs on Instagram and mentioned: “Prayed for peace and brotherhood at Hazratbal Dargah. The biggest strength of our country is our unity – there is no place for hate and fear here.”
Two years in the past Rahul Gandhi was stopped from visiting J&Okay – a delegation of Congress leaders that included him have been turned again from Srinagar airport.
This was days after Article 370 was scrapped amid livid protests and chaos in Parliament, and the federal government imposed powerful restrictions to take care of the fallout of the controversial transfer.
His go to this week coincides with the two-year anniversary of that transfer and comes after a current all-party assembly known as by Prime Minister Modi, at which the Congress known as for J&K’s statehood.
The assembly was attended by 14 leaders from eight mainstream J&Okay political events, together with 4 Chief Ministers, and the PM mentioned statehood could be restored “at an appropriate time”. He urged all events to get on board with delimitation, or redrawing of constituencies, to allow elections.
The delimitation course of started final month, but it surely faces questions after the Mehbooba Mufti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) determined towards assembly the Delimitation Commission.
In a strongly worded letter, the get together questioned the fee’s structure and intent. Parties that met the Commission, together with the National Conference, raised related apprehensions.
The Congress has additionally questioned the necessity for this train in J&Okay when delimitation has been stalled throughout the nation until 2026. The Congress and different opposition events have been demanding that statehood be restored earlier than elections are held.
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