A day after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on Kashmir and offered to send an aircraft for him to visit the Valley and see the ground situation, the senior Congress leader accepted his invitation and asked him to ensure that he and a delegation of Opposition leaders are given the “freedom to travel and meet the people”.
“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,” Rahul tweeted. Hours later, Malik’s office accused Rahul of “politicising the matter”.
The Congress, meanwhile, asked the government to convene an all-party meeting. “It is high time an all-party meeting is held and the Prime Minister and Home Minister take the leaders of the national parties into full confidence,” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said. “No claim by the government, governor or the administration or police officials in the absence of lifting of the clampdown, the news blackout, non-restoration of the communication network, freeing the detained leaders will convince the citizens of India,” he said.
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