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Ready to visit J&K, Ladakh with Oppn leaders: Rahul

On Monday, Governor Malik invited Gandhi to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying he would send an aircraft for him. Rahul to guv Malik: We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, leaders and our soldiers.

Updated: Aug 14, 2019, 07.15 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi accepts Governor Satya Pal Malik's invitation to visit J&K
Rahul Gandhi accepts Governor Satya Pal Malik's invitation to visit J&K
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to J&K governor Satya Pal Malik’s “invite” to visit the Valley by saying that a delegation of opposition leaders can undertake the trip provided they are allowed to freely meet the people, mainstream politicians and also the Army personal. Gandhi made it clear that the opposition leaders could visit the Valley without the facility of a special plane Malik had offered.

“Dear governor Malik, 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 and meet the people, mainstream leaders and soldiers stationed over there,” Gandhi said in a social media post.

Later in the day, AICC spokesperson Anand Sharma suggested that the PM should convene an all-party meeting to brief leaders about the situation in the Valley. He also appealed to the J&K administration to lift restrictions and release leaders.

Sharma said: “The situation must not be allowed to cast any aspersions on the constitutional integrity of India and the government’s commitment to respect the fundamental rights of the people. Therefore, we would urge upon the government and also administration of J&K to lift this curfew-like situation and release the leaders. We suggest the PM to convene an all-party meeting and take the opposition into confidence and, as Rahul Gandhi suggested, allow the opposition leaders, accompanied by media, to visit the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh and meet the people.”

On governor’s invite to Gandhi, Sharma said: “Gandhi is not seeking the hospitalities of the administration. He does not wish to go there as a guest but as a political leader along with other opposition leaders to meet the people there.”

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