Rahul Gandhi condemns Khattar for comments on Kashmiri girls, Haryana CM responds with video of speech


Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday lashed out at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for allegedly joking about the benefits of the Centre’s recent move to scrap Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking at an event, Khattar had allegedly joked stating that ‘route to Kashmir is cleared and now we will bring girls from Kashmir.’

Rahul Gandhi

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “Haryana CM, Khattar’s comment on Kashmiri women is despicable and shows what years of RSS training does to the mind of a weak, insecure and pathetic man. Women are not assets to be owned by men.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted, “We,and more so people holding high public office, must restrain ourselves from making insensitive comments about the beloved people of Jammu and Kashmir. These are hurtful, not only for J&K, but the entire nation.”

Reacting to Gandhi’s tweet, Khattar shared the clip of his controversial speech and accused the Congress MP of distorting his comments. He wrote, “Dear @RahulGandhi ji, at least at your level, you shouldn’t react on distorted news. I’m attaching the video of what I actually said, and In what context – this will give you clarity of mind.”

In his subsequent tweet, Khattar accused media outlets of running misleading people by wrongly interpreting his comments. He said that daughters of the entire country were his pride.

Elsewhere, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Saturday had demanded the filing of an FIR against Khattar for his comments on Kashmiri girls. Maliwal wrote on Twitter, “ML Khattar should be ashamed for this disgusting statement. The chief minister is speaking the language of a roadside Romeo. A woman is just a commodity for him. The PM is trying to reassure the people of Kashmir that the entire country is with them, but this incompetent CM is promoting violence with his obscene statements. There should be an FIR against him at any cost.”