STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted Governor Satya Pal Malik’s ‘invitation’ to visit Jammu and Kashmir but said he did not need an aircraft. Gandhi said he and other opposition leaders would visit Jammu and Kashmir and urged Malik to allow them the freedom to meet people, and soldiers. Gandhi said in a 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.”
On Monday, Governor Malik invited Gandhi to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying he would send an aircraft for him, after the Congress leader said, “People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government.”
Meanwhile, Governor’s office has chided Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for spreading fake news regarding the situation in the State.
On Tuesday, the J&K Raj Bhawan issued a clarification regarding Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that unrest had been reported in parts of Jammu and Kashmir after the government abrogated Article 370.
A Raj Bhawan spokesperson said, “Rahul Gandhi was responding to fake news possibly spread from across the border about the situation in Kashmir, which is peaceful with negligible incidents.”
The statement added that Rahul Gandhi should see the correct position on the situation in Kashmir as reported by Indian news channels or through the submissions made by the government in the Supreme Court.
“He can check for himself from various Indian channels which have reported the correct position in the Kashmir Valley,” the spokesperson also said.
“Rahul Gandhi is politicizing the matter by seeking to bring a delegation of opposition leaders to create further unrest and problems for the common people,” the spokesperson said adding that Rahul has put forth many conditions for visiting J&K, including meeting mainstream leaders under detention.
As Governor had never invited him with so many pre-conditions, he has referred the case to the local police and administration to examine the request further, the spokesperson added.
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