Rahul Gandhi also alleged that the administration had treated Kashmiri Pandits unfairly in the Union Territory and demanded that Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha retract his comments regarding alms. Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, declared on January 23 that his group will use all of its resources to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) statehood.
Rahul Gandhi addressed a crowd in the Satwari neighbourhood of Jammu and said, “There is no bigger issue than your statehood. “Your right has been snatched by the Centre and Congress will use all its might to restore it. On August 5, 2019, the Center revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, dividing the state into two Union Territories. As a result, Jammu and Kashmir lost their statehood.
Rahul Gandhi further charged that Kashmiri Pandits living in the Union Territory were being treated unfairly by the government, and he demanded that Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha apologise to the community for his comments regarding alms. “Today I met a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits who briefed me about various issues. They told me that when they went to meet LG, they were told not to seek alms. LG must realise, these people are seeking their rights, and apologise to the community,” he mentioned.
As a result of targeted killings, many Kashmiri Pandit workers covered by the 2008 announcement of the prime minister’s package are on strike in Jammu and want to be relocated outside of the Valley. The former Congress president added that while on his Yatra in the Jammu region, he encountered numerous people who complained to him that the government is favouring outsiders while depriving locals. “Jammu and Kashmir is facing the highest percentage of unemployment in India. Educated people don’t have employment opportunities. Earlier, they had the option of joining the Indian Army, but now the BJP has brought the Agniveer scheme,” stated Rahul Gandhi.
According to him, the Indian Army is being weakened by the Agniveer programme, and army soldiers are opposed to it. “The unemployment is rising because the government is working only to benefit 2-3 industrialists,” he alleged. On January 23, Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra started from Samba district’s Vijaypur and reached Jammu district in the afternoon where he was received by senior party leaders. The Bharat Jodo Yatra will culminate in the Valley on January 30 with a mega public rally.