The Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi’s three- day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday has now turned into a game of political accusations.
Rahul is accompanied by senior Congress leader Ambika Soni and other senior leaders of the state.
Earlier in the day, while meeting the victims of shelling from across the LoC in Balkote in Poonch, Rahul said that ” people who met here are very sad.”
He reacted strongly to the BJP’s allegations that he was attempting to “politicise” the border issue by meeting victims of Pakistani firing.
While interacting with media he said, ” I was here to raise the issue of the victims. Now if the BJP thinks that my raising of issues and helping out the people is not good, then so be it. My job is to hear them and help them. I visited the people living close to LoC and spoke to them who are very disappointed. They demanded proper compensation, life insurance and construction of bunkers.”
Hiting back at Rahul, the BJP accused him of politicising the issue in ‘border areas’ where the Congress VP had met the victims of Pakistan’s ceasefire violation on Wednesday morning.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitender Singh was quoted by a news agency as saying that “Rahul needs to own up responsibility for the grievances of the people of the region as UPA was in government for the last ten years.”
The BJP’s spokesman Nalin Kohli also slammed Rahul for criticising Prime Minister Narendara Modi saying he was playing negative politics and making ‘rhetorical statements.’
Rahul is scheduled to visit other regions of Kashmir and Ladakh in next two days.
people of Jammu and Kashmir living close to the LoC, have suffered from heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in recent times. These ceasefire violations have killed many civilians while injuring hundreds of them.