Congress will use its ‘full power’ to get J&K’s statehood reinstated: Rahul Gandhi

JAMMU — The demand for statehood is Jammu and Kashmir’s biggest issue and the Congress will use its “full power” to get it reinstated, Rahul Gandhi said on Monday.

Gandhi made the comments today as his Bharat Jodo Yatra arrived here, PTI reported.

Gandhi, who met a cross-section of people from Jammu and Kashmir during his yatra, said Jammu and Kashmir has the highest level of unemployment in the country.

“The Congress party will fully support you and your statehood (demand). To reinstate statehood, the Congress will use our full power,” Gandhi told a gathering at the Satwari Chowk as per PTI.

Statehood is your biggest issue. There is no big issue as big as statehood. Your right has been snatched,” he said.

Gandhi said he spoke to a cross-section of people from Jammu and Kashmir during his yatra and they raised their issues. He said they told him that their voices are not being heard by the administration.

“The entire trade is being run by outsiders and people of J&K watch them sitting haplessly,” he said.

In August 2019, the government of India revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed the state be divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.