The Governor speaking on the matter said that if opposition parties do not believe the government’s reports, then they can visit themselves to review the situation. He also mocked Congress leader and taunted him by saying that he will send an airplane for his visit.
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 12, 2019
Mr. Rahul Gandhi in response has said yes to his invitation. He said that a delegation of opposition leaders will soon come to visit the region. Rahul Gandhi also taunted the governor by asking him of assurance of freedom of movement. This comes in the backdrop of detaining of Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Srinagar airport.
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. https://t.co/9VjQUmgu8u
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 13, 2019
Governor Satya Pal Malik has assured the media that he is taking up inspection of the ground-level situation himself. He said that he has visited the prison over 30 times. He also said that hospitals are fully functional and those who claim that there have been incidents of violence, can visit the state and see for themselves. He also said that there is no communal angle to the centre’s decision.
He further slashed at those inciting political tensions in the valley for their personal gains.
Parliament has passed Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019, according to which the former state has also been divided into 2 Union territories. The ruling BJP government has also scrapped Article 370 and Article 35A, owing to which the erstwhile state has lost its special status.