Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Monday, said that the demand for statehood is Jammu and Kashmir’s biggest issue and party will use its “full power” to see that its reinstated.
Gandhi, who was speaking to a gathering assembled at Jammu’s Satwari Chowk during the last leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra, noted that Jammu and Kashmir has the highest level of unemployment in India and stressed that statehood for the erstwhile state was the biggest issue.
He assured that the Congress would use its full power to reinstate J&K’s statehood.
Gandhi said he spoke to a cross-section of people from Jammu and Kashmir during his yatra who told him that the administration is deaf towards their concerns and their voices are being muted.
The Congress MP said that the entire trade is being run by outsiders and people of J&K watch them sitting haplessly.
Gandhi lamented that J&K has the highest level of unemployment in the country and youngsters aspire to become engineers, doctors and lawyers but cannot chase their dreams due to lack of opportunity.
Gandhi pointed out that earlier there was another way to be employed in the Army which was replaced by BJP’s Agniveer scheme, which is also now non-functional.
In August 2019, the NDA government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed the state be divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi met a delegation of Kashmiri Pandit migrants who voiced their concerns and accused the BJP of ‘using’ them to further their political agenda.
The delegation briefed the Congress leader on several issues faced the Kashmiri Pandit community including “targeted killings” by terrorists and the resultant protest by those employed under the prime minister’s package.
Members of the delegation also accused the BJP government of “using” the community to further its political goals and spread hate and division among Muslims and Hindus, especially in Kashmir.