Rahul Brushes Aside AFSPA Question, Says Between PM and CM

Srinagar - Vice President All India Congress Committee (AICC), Rahul Gandhi, today stated that Congress was working satisfactorily in J&K “which has managed to change the ground situation.”
Rahul Gandhi, who was on a one day visit to Kashmir,said there should be no confusion as far as his claims regarding the Congress party’s efforts in J&K were concerned.
“We have managed to change the ground situation as tourism, development, and the issues related to youth are showing tremendous results on ground. We are quite satisfied,” he said.
“There is massive progress in Kashmir, in the sentiment of the people, in the connectivity, and also in tourism. We are going to ensure that people of Kashmir got the development they deserve," he said.

Rahul, after inaugurating the Umeed scheme at Sports Stadium, Budgam said that any change in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not dependent on change of government in Pakistan.
On the stalled dialogue process with separatists in Kashmir, the Congress leader said that the UPA government had, over the years, transformed the mood in Kashmir.

Rahul playing safe over the revocation of AFSPA said the issue needed to be discussed between PM Manmohan Singh and C M Omar Abdullah. “It won’t be appropriate for me to comment on the issue,” he said. Rahul was accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union RD Minister Jairam Ramesh, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, JKPCC Chief Saifuddin Soz and others.

Rahul said he wanted issues like unemployment, and devolution of powers to panchayts should be addressed. “There has to be a flow of funds for the panchayats,” he said.

“The Centre’s focus was on finding ways to involve people of Kashmir in the progress of the country and ensuring job opportunities for the state’s youth,” said Rahul.
Earlier, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah stated that some issues that were pending with the Centre had to be resolved; he was hinting at AFSPA revocation.

Earlier, Rahul visited Congress party headquarters and had a quick interaction with partymen.

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