Alleging that the BJP has created a wedge between the 2 areas of Jammu and Kashmir, senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday mentioned his get together needs early restoration of statehood and meeting polls within the Union territory.
He mentioned the Congress’ place on Article 370 is identical as was declared by the Congress working committee after the constitutional provision was revoked by the BJP-led authorities in August 2019.
Two days after the Centre’s transfer, the Congress working committee had deplored the “unilateral, brazen and completely undemocratic” method by which provisions of Article 370 of the Structure had been abrogated and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union territories.
The Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began from Kanyakumari on September 7 final yr, is at present in Jammu and Kashmir for its remaining section.
On not extending an invite to Democratic Azad Occasion chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad to affix the yatra and former minister Lal Singh not being given a chair on the stage to mark the entry of the march into J&Okay, Gandhi mentioned, “Singh supported the yatra and we respect his sentiment. The individuals of Ghulam Nabi Azad’s get together had been on our stage. Ninety per cent of them are already within the Congress. I feel, there may be solely Ghulam Nabi Azad-ji on that facet.” “My respects to Ghulam Nabi-ji and I apologise for any harm that we might have brought on both to Lal Singh-ji or Ghulam Nabi Azad-ji,” he added.
Amongst numerous delegations that met him in the course of the march, Gandhi mentioned migrant Kashmiri Pandits clearly informed him that they had been getting used politically and requested him to lift their points in Parliament.
“The Kashmiri Pandits informed me that the BJP was utilizing them as a political weapon and forcibly sending them to Kashmir the place they face the specter of focused killings. They mentioned no matter good had occurred to them was completed in the course of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities,” he mentioned.
The Congress chief mentioned the principle intention of the foot march was to hearken to the individuals and amplify what was of their hearts.
“We love all of you and respect you, and really feel that J&Okay goes by means of a troublesome section. BJP has created a wedge which is harming each (Kashmir and Jammu areas) and this hole must be bridged. We wish to open lakhs of outlets promoting love in J&Okay,” he mentioned.
“We have now come to hear and perceive the individuals, their ache which is of their hearts and the discomfort. The youth are speaking about unemployment, they see no future, there is no such thing as a trade and farmers are usually not getting any assist,” the previous Congress president informed reporters right here.
He mentioned the individuals want to keep up communal concord, which is crucial for taking the Union territory ahead.
“Nothing is achieved by hatred or violence,” Gandhi mentioned, including that the Congress needs the restoration of statehood and meeting polls as quickly as potential.
On whether or not he was glad with the safety preparations made by the federal government for the yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, Gandhi mentioned, “It’s the duty of the federal government to guard the yatris, and I hope they do nearly as good a job as they’re able to doing.”
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