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‘I am a Kashmiri Pandit’, says Rahul Gandhi on a visit to J&K

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a two day visiting to Jammu and Kashmir described his visit to be like a home coming.

“I feel I have come home. My family has a long relationship with Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rahul while addressing an event in Jammu on Friday.

He added that he is a Kashmiri Pandit and his family is Kashmiri Pandit. “Today morning, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits met me. They told me that Congress implemented many welfare schemes for them, but BJP has done nothing”, said Rahul. Rahul further made a promise to Kashmiri Pandit brothers that he will do something for them and added that after J&K, he will be visiting Ladakh as well.

Addressing the rally, Rahul said that BJP-RSS combine were trying to break the composite culture of J&K. He demanded restoration of statehood. He further added that J&K has a special place in his heart and there is brotherhood in J&K but the BJP and RSS are trying to break the bond of that brotherhood.

Rahul Gandhi paid obeisance at Katra Mata Vaishnodevi shrine yesterday. Rahul along with several senior leaders paid obeisance at the holy shrine during Aarti. He sat on the ground with the common pilgrims in the main hall in front of the entrance of the cave shrine for over an hour during ‘live Aarti’. After staying at the Bhawan for some time, Gandhi along with other leaders left for base camp Katra at around 10 pm.

At Katra base camp, several senior leaders led by former Minister Jugal Kishore Sharma, DCC Reasi president Rajesh Sadhotra, PYC chief Uday Chib besides Cong Seva Dal activists and others received him and accorded warm reception. 

Rahul was accorded a rousing reception at the Jammu airport on his arrival and Congress members, including top leaders, welcomed him. This is for the second time Rahul is visiting to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of article 370 in August 2019.

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