Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has targeted the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that Manoj Sinha should apologize to the Kashmiri Pandits of the state for his statement that Kashmiri Pandits should not beg. Rahul Gandhi said this after meeting Kashmiri Pandits during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu. His statement came after a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits briefed him about the campaign for targeted killings by terrorists and for more security.
Rahul Gandhi said in Jammu that when a delegation of Pandits went to meet Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, during that meeting the Lieutenant Governor said that these Pandits should not beg. Lieutenant Governor Pandit is not begging from you, he is only asking for his rights. The Lieutenant Governor should apologize to the Kashmiri Pandits.
Last year, four Kashmiri Pandits were killed in separate targeted attacks by terrorists, triggering fear and anger among the community. Many migrant laborers were also targeted in those attacks. The attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and civilians have raised questions on the government’s claims of greater security in the state.
Rahul Gandhi also raised the issue of restoring the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and termed it as the “biggest issue”. The Congress leader said that non-locals are running Jammu and Kashmir and usurping businesses in the region.