After the invitation for Rahul Gandhi by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Sathya Pal Malik, the Congress leader Tuesday said he will accept this invitation but requested the “freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed there.”
Rahul cleared his agenda through his 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,” Gandhi’s tweet read.
“Rahul Gandhi mainly put one condition; to meet the mainstream leaders under detention,” the governor said in a statement.”I had never invited the Congress leader with “so many pre-conditions” and has referred the matter to the local police and administration for further examination,” Malik said.
But by now removing all conditions, Gandhi is seeking to put the Governor in a tough spot. Previous attempts by political leaders, including Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, to visit J&K had been unsuccessful as they were turned away from the Srinagar airport, reported News18.
The Kashmir Valley has been under curfew since Article 370 was revoked by the Parliament on August 5 and has turned into a complete ban of all the communication methods including telephone and Internet.