New Delhi, August 13: A day after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about the violence in the Valley and offered to send him an aircraft to observe the ground situation. The Congress leader on Tuesday has accepted his invitation, but requested the “freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed there.” ‘Will Send Plane for Rahul Gandhi, Come Here, Then Speak’: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.
In a tweet, addressing Governor Malik, Gandhi said, "A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh." and added that they don't need the aircraft.
Check Rahul Gandhi's tweet:
Dear Governor Malik,
A delegation of opposition leaders & 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. https://t.co/9VjQUmgu8u
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 13, 2019
On Monday, Malik asked Gandhi to speak in a more responsible manner about the situation in Kashmir. He said, “I will send you a plane, to observe and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this."
On Saturday night, Gandhi referred to some foreign media reports about Jammu and Kashmir highlighting the violence there and said 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.
Malik said, "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."
(With inputs from agencies)