New Delhi: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was confronted by a Kashmiri woman while he was onboard a flight travelling back to Delhi with other Opposition leaders after they were denied entry to Srinagar.
The video of the incident went viral on Saturday after it was tweeted by Congress spokesperson Radhika Khera. In the video, the Kashmiri woman can be seen explaining the plight of Kashmiri people due to the lockdown imposed in the Valley following the revocation of Article 370.
Narrating the ordeal to Rahul Gandhi, the Kashmiri woman said, “Our children have not been able to move out of their houses. My brother is a heart patient. He could not see the doctor for 10 days. We are in trouble.”
Sitting near the window, Rahul Gandhi can be seen getting up to console the woman. Other Opposition leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, K C Venugopal were seen patiently listening to the woman’s plea.
The Rahul Gandhi-led delegation comprising 12 opposition leaders had visited Srinagar three weeks after the revocation of Article 370, to know the ground realities in the Valley. However, they were not allowed to move out of the Srinagar airport and was sent back to Delhi in an evening flight.
Upon reaching Delhi, Gandhi stated that the condition in Valley was not normal. “We wanted to get a sense of what people are going through. But we were not allowed beyond the airport,” said Gandhi adding, “The media people with us were manhandled. It’s clear the situation in J&K is not normal.”
The Opposition leaders’ visit to the Valley comes weeks after Governor Satya Pal Malik asked Rahul Gandhi to travel to J&K – on a plane to be sent by the centre.
“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 had tweeted on August 11, responding to Congress leader’s (Rahul Gandhi) claims that reports of “violence and deaths” had come from Jammu and Kashmir.
Two days later, Gandhi accepted Malik’s invitation, but the Governor decided to withdraw the invitation for putting ‘pre-conditions’ for the visit. “Rahul Gandhi is politicising the matter by seeking to bring a delegation of opposition leaders to create further unrest and problems for the common people,” Malik said.