Raina, while addressing a presser in Jammu said that while in J&K Gandhi has to seek forgiveness from the people of J&K and the whole nation for the ‘sins’ leaders from his family and the Congress party have committed in the last 70 years in the region. The BJP leader said that Gandhi family and Congress have backstabbed the country and always ‘harassed and humiliated the nationalists and patriots’ whenever they ruled the country.
Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra is entering J&K on January 19 evening and will culminate in Srinagar on January 30 in Srinagar, where he is scheduled to hoist the tricolour and address the gathering along with the leaders from other parties.
“If Jana Sangh and its leaders had not sacrificed, Rahul Gandhi may have needed a permit (a sort of passport to enter J&K). This system was introduced by Jawahar Lal Nehru,” said Raina. He sought answers from Gandhi for why did the Congress leadership and Gandhi family allow a separate flag, constitution and even the Prime Minister for J&K.
“Sins of Congress and Gandhi family are unforgivable. They are responsible for the suffering of lakhs of people and forces in J&K as they sympathise with terrorist and pro-Pakistan parties,” said Raina.
While the J&K administration has given a go ahead for the conduct of BJY in J&K Raina reminded the Congress of the BJP’s Tiranga Yatra in 2011, when the Congress led government in New Delhi and Congress-NC coalition government in J&K intercepted the yatra and detained several leaders including Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and current union minister Anurag Thakur.
“Whenever congress ruled in Delhi or J&K, it has always targeted and humiliated nationalists and patriots. Whenever any nationalist tried to hoist the tricolor in Lal Chowk of Srinagar, they were arrested by these people,” said Raina. The BJP’s J&K chief asked Gandhi to also answer and explain why the PoK and Gilgit Baltistan are under illegal occupation of Pakistan and Aksai Chin in Ladakh under illegal occupation of China. “Who is responsible for this and which family and party gave away the land to China…Congress has always backstabbed the country,” said Raina.
Meanwhile, former chief minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah informed that his father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah will join Gandhi in Jammu. “Our party leader will join the yatra in Jammu. But Bharat Jodo Yatra should not be exploited by any leader to whitewash (his past),” said Abdullah, on former minister from Jammu Lal Singh’s plan to join the yatra. Singh has been instrumental in defending the accused in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old muslim nomad girl in Rasana area of Kathua in 2018.