New Delhi, August 14: Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sharply responded to Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's claim that the Gandhi scion wants to visit J&K with several "pre-conditions". The former Congress president said he has put forth no conditions and only seeks the permit of Governor.
In his tweet, Gandhi referred to Malik as "maalik" -- meaning owner in Hindi. The word was apparently used to reiterate the "autocratic" charge against the Centre, as levelled by sections of the Opposition following the revocation of Article 370 in J&K. Malik's Invitation to Rahul Gandhi Was a Tool of Propaganda, Says Chidambaram
"Dear Maalik ji, I saw your feeble reply to my tweet. I accept your invitation to visit Jammu & Kashmir and meet the people, with no conditions attached. When can I come," Gandhi asked.
See Rahul Gandhi's Tweet Below:
Dear Maalik ji,
I saw your feeble reply to my tweet.
I accept your invitation to visit Jammu & Kashmir and meet the people, with no conditions attached.
When can I come?
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 14, 2019
RJD Further Jabs J&K Governor:
मालिक जी के दो मालिक हैं, दिल्ली में बैठे हुए!
वहाँ से हामी आने से रही! https://t.co/j7jqxoMy3M
— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) August 14, 2019
Gandhi's response came a day after the Raj Bhawan issued a statement, claiming that the Congress leader has imposed a condition that he be allowed to meet detained political leaders on his visit to the Valley.
This, the statement, has forced the Governor to forward his request to the local police and administration. "Rahul Gandhi is trying to politicise the matter by attempting to bring a delegation of Opposition leaders to create unrest and problems for the common people," the statement read.
The war of words began on Monday, when Gandhi sought the Governor's approval for his visit to the Valley. This came a couple of days after Congress veteran and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was turned away from Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi.
Governor, in his initial response, said the situation in Kashmir was absolutely under control and Gandhi was relying on cross-border propaganda to level the charge of unrest.