‘Not aircraft, need freedom to travel’: Rahul Gandhi’s reply to Governor Satya Pal Malik

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik by saying, that he, along with a delegation of opposition leaders will take up his ‘gracious invitation’ of flying to the state to take stock of the situation provided they are given the freedom to do so.

 “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 said in a tweet.

Rahul’s response came a day after Malik invited him to visit the state.

On Monday, Governor Malik hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that there had been reports of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in protest against the government’s move to end special status and split the state into two union territories.

Malik said he will send Rahul an aircraft to visit the valley and observe the ground situation.

“I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Malik said.

The state has been under lockdown since the Central government had last week scrapped Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into two union territories.