Rahul Gandhi takes another toll on Kashmir’s politics
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed party functionaries in Jammu and Kashmir where he highlighted his family’s old association with the region. Hitting out at the BJP, the Wayanad MP alleged that the saffron party was attempting to tarnish the culture of Kashmir and had left the UT in a ‘weakened’ state after stripping away its statehood.
Rahul Gandhi mentioned that whenever he visit Jammu and Kashmir, he feels like have coming home since his family has a long relationship with J&K. He feels sad and happy at the same time because of the composite culture of love and brotherhood is being targeted by BJP RSS and they are trying to break it.
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra, alleged the Congress, for its petty vote bank politics, sacrificed not only the Kashmiri Pandits but also the development of the region. He added that problems of Jammu and Kashmir are the legacy of the Gandhi family. It was Jawaharlal Nehru who was responsible for the problems of Kashmir. Astonishingly, Rahul Gandhi very conveniently forgot that the woes of the Kashmiri Pandits were because of the politics of appeasement of the Congress and like-minded parties.
Reaching out to displaced Kashmiri Pandits, the former Congress chief said he and his family belong to this community and promised them all help. Gandhi said he himself belongs to the Kashmiri Pandit community and feels their pain. Kashmiri Pandits had to flee from the Kashmir Valley to Jammu and other states in the early 90s soon after the erstwhile state was gripped by militancy.
Meanwhile, J-K BJP chief Ravinder Raina in Jammu accused Rahul Gandhi of deliberately using his visit to the holy shrine for political purposes. Raina also added that Rahul Gandhi and his family are not genuinely interested in Hindu religious activities but are frightened by good works of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.