Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday once again engaged in a war of words with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik by accepting his invitation to visit the state and asking him when he can come to the state. Yesterday, the Congress leader took a jibe at Malik telling him that he did not need a special aircraft for his visit and asked him if the Opposition delegation will be allowed to travel freely in the state.

Later, Malik replied to Rahul saying he should know that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was under control and told him to refer to Indian news channels to get a real sense of what is happening in Kashmir.

He also cautioned him to not politicise the matter and underlined Supreme Court’s hearing on a plea that had sought relaxation in restrictions. Praising the top court, Malik said the top court has given some time to the government for the status quo Jammu and Kashmir.

Now in a fresh reply, Rahul has accepted Malik’s invitation to meet the people but underlined ‘no conditions’ disclaimer. Rahul yesterday had mocked the governor after he said he will be sending a special aircraft for him to review the situation. Gandhi in response said he did not need the aircraft and would be travelling with his delegation but wondered if they will be allowed to travel without any restrictions.

Rahul had earlier claimed that there was turbulence in the valley to which Malik accused him of spreading misinformation. Congress leader P Chidambaram also sparked controversy over his religious fanaticism accusation against BJP. On abrogation of Article 370 by BJP, Chidamabaram said the move was made by the Centre because Jammu and Kashmir was a Muslim-majority state.

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