Want Jammu & Kashmir to regain its statehood as soon as possible: Rahul Gandhi

Want Jammu & Kashmir to regain its statehood as soon as possible: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, a prominent member of the Congress, said on Tuesday that the BJP has driven a rift between the two Jammu and Kashmir regions and that his party wants an early restoration of statehood and elections for the union territory's legislature.

He said that the Congress' stance on Article 370 remains the same as that stated by the Congress Working Committee when the BJP-led administration repealed the constitutional provision in August 2019.

The Congress working committee had expressed its displeasure with the "unilateral, brazen, and totally undemocratic" manner in which the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution were suspended and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union territories two days after the Center's action.

The third leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, headed by Rahul Gandhi, which began on September 7 of last year in Kanyakumari, is presently taking place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gandhi complained that former minister Lal Singh was not given a chair on the podium to commemorate the march's arrival into J&K and that Democratic Azad Party Chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad was not extended an invitation to participate in the yatra "Singh backed the yatra, and we are grateful for his support. On our stage were members of Ghulam Nabi Azad's party. 90% of them are already members of Congress. I believe that the sole person on that side is Ghulam Nabi Azad-ji." I apologize for whatever harm we may have caused to Lal Singh-ji or Ghulam Nabi Azad-ji and pay my respects to Ghulam Nabi-ji, he continued.

Gandhi said that among the several delegations he encountered during the march, migratory Kashmiri Pandits made it obvious to him that they were being utilized politically and urged him to bring up their concerns in Parliament.

"The Kashmiri Pandits informed me that the BJP was forcing them into Kashmir where they faced the possibility of targeted executions and exploiting them as a political pawn. They claimed that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA administration was responsible for all of their good fortune "said he.

The major goal of the march, according to the Congress leader, was to listen to the people and bring to light what was on their minds.

"We adore and appreciate each and every one of you and believe that J&K is going through a difficult time. The BJP has created a split between the Kashmir and Jammu areas, and this divide has to be closed. In J&K, we aim to establish millions of stores selling love "said he.

"We are here to listen to and comprehend the people, their suffering, and their anguish. The kids are discussing unemployment, how they don't see a future, how there is no industry, and how farmers aren't receiving any help, "Reporters were informed by the previous president of the Congress.

For the Union territory to develop, he said, the populace must preserve community cohesion.

Gandhi said that the Congress wanted the restoration of statehood and assembly elections as soon as possible and stated that "nothing is gained by hate or bloodshed."

Gandhi said, "It is the duty of the government to safeguard the yatris, and I hope they do as good a job as they are capable of doing," when asked whether he was happy with the security measures established by the government for the yatra in Jammu and Kashmir.