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‘No conditions attached, when can I visit?’: Rahul Gandhi to J&K governor | India News

NEW DELHI: A day after Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik withdrew his ‘invitation’ to Rahul Gandhi to visit the state because of the conditions he had put, the Congress leader on Wednesday said he was ready to visit Jammu & Kashmir with ‘no conditions attached”.
Referring to the governor as “Dear Maalik ji”, Rahul tweeted, “I saw your feeble reply to my tweet. I accept your invitation to visit Jammu & Kashmir and meet the people, with no conditions attached. When can I come?”

Earlier, in an interview to TOI, governor Malik had said since Rahul had put conditions for his visit, the invitation was now withdrawn.
“Rahul was ill-informed and he was talking on the basis of propaganda from across the border. So, I asked him to come and see for himself. But he has put conditions for his visit — he wants to come with a delegation; then, he wants to meet the detained politicians. Is it possible? I never invited him with these conditions. So the invitation is withdrawn. In the last week, 20 Indian TV news channels were here. He should talk to them, find out about the situation from them and educate himself,” the governor said.
The war of words between the Congress leader and the governor began on Monday when Malik hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that there had been reports of violence in Kashmir following the scrapping of Article 370 in the state. The governor then said he would send an aircraft for Rahul to visit the valley and observe the situation on the ground.
“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.
A day later, on Tuesday, Rahul accepted the invite, however, taking a dig at the governor’s “gracious invitation”, Rahul said he did not need a plane but the freedom to travel and meet people, leaders and soldiers there.
“A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh,” Rahul said in a tweet.

“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,” he added.

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