(J&K): Reaching out to the people of Kashmir, Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he wants to understand their "pain" and help
connect them with the development of the country.
On a visit to Kashmir after a year, Gandhi said the youth in the state
should join the development process taking place in the country in various
sectors such as education, health, infrastructure and electricity.
"I want to establish a relationship with you. A lifelong relationship," he
said addressing a public gathering here, while recalling the close ties
between Sheikh Abdullah and his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and his
father Rajiv Gandhi's strong links with Farooq Abdullah.
Gandhi said that he wants to work with state chief minister Omar Abdullah
similarly for betterment of the state.
The Congress general secretary was the guest of honour during the
foundation lying ceremony of a tunnel here to provide all weather
connectivity between Srinagar and Leh.
"I have two goals here. First is to establish a relation with you and
understand your pain deeply.... Second goal is to connect Kashmiri youth
with the development process," Gandhi said, adding that the nation is
growing rapidly and the same should happen in Kashmir.
Union minister for road transport and highways CP Joshi, new and renewable
energy minister Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah were present during the
Promising to return to the state soon, he also said that government is
taking measures to ensure all weather connectivity between various parts
of Jammu and Kashmir.
"I was told that Ladakh is disconnected from rest of the state during
winters. I have been told that steps are being taken to address this
issue," Gandhi said.