Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi began his 2-day visit to Kashmir Valley amid growing differences among ruling coalition partners, National Conference and Congress, over empowerment of Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir and continued threats to the grassroots representatives.
He will be bringing along a powerful business delegation that includes among others Ratan Tata and Kumar Manglam Birla. Rahul scheduled to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of 6.5 km long Z-Morh Tunnel in Sonamarg. The foundation stone is laid by Union Minister for Roads and Transport Dr CP Joshi. The tunnel is aimed at providing all-weather connectivity with Ladakh.
he said adding that he extends hand to Omar Abdullah like Jawaharlal Nehru extended it to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for holistic and comprehensive development of Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi referred to the relations between Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru and between Rajiv Gandhi and Dr. Farooq Abdullah adding that he wants to strengthen these relations and extends hand to Omar Abdullah in a similar way as Jawaharlal Nehru extended it to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
Rahul Gandhi said that he is Kashmiri himself and wants to associate with the people of the State in resolving their difficulties.
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“I myself am from a Kashmiri family and want to have lifelong relations with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I want to hear you, understand your problems and work for their redressal . Every State enjoyed share in the development process”.