Srinagar. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Tuesday that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir should be restored before the assembly elections. Along with this, he advocated the rights of land and employment for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Azad told reporters outside the Kheer Bhavani temple complex in Tullamulla area of Kashmir’s Ganderbal district that Kashmiri Pandits who had gone out of the Valley due to militancy in the early 1990s should be brought back.
Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Elections should be held early. But statehood should be restored before the elections, which is very important. Kashmiri Pandits should be brought back.” Azad said, “Our land and employment (rights) which were snatched away after the abrogation of Article 370 should be given back, as they were earlier (August 5, 2019). For this, a new law should be brought after restoring statehood.
Rahul Gandhi had gone there in the morning shortly before Azad’s visit to the temple. When Azad reached Tullamulla, Gandhi had left for Hazratbal. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had recently told the media that whenever the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections are held, all party people should participate in it and Congress should start preparing for it.
He said, “All people should take part in the elections.” Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections are likely to be held after the completion of the delimitation process in the union territory. “I am available to everyone, including my own party workers and others who want to discuss their problems with me,” the Congress leader said.