The Raj Bhawan's statement comes after some to and fro-ing between Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik and Rahul Gandhi (right) on the political situation in Kashmir. (PTI photos)
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor's office has chided Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for spreading fake news regarding the situation in the state.
On Tuesday, the J&K Raj Bhawan issued a clarification regarding Rahul Gandhi's allegation that unrest had been reported in parts of Jammu and Kashmir after the government abrogated Article 370.
A Raj Bhawan spokesperson said, "Rahul Gandhi was responding to fake news possibly spread from across the border about the situation in Kashmir, which is peaceful with negligible incidents."
The statement added that Rahul Gandhi should see the "correct position" on the situation in Kashmir as reported by Indian news channels or through the submissions made by the government in the Supreme Court.
"He can check for himself from various Indian channels which have reported the correct position in the Kashmir Valley," the spokesperson also said.
The Indian government has categorically denied reports published by some foreign media that have claimed mass unrest in the Valley post the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik, Gandhi in war of words
The Raj Bhawan's statement comes after some to and fro-ing between Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik and Rahul Gandhi on the political situation in Kashmir.
On August 11, Rahul Gandhi said that some reports had come in from Jammu and Kashmir about the violence there. The Congress leader said, "People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government."
Dismissing Rahul Gandhi's claims, Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed of his statements. and see the ground reality for himself.
"I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this," Malik said.
Taking up the Governor's invitation, on Tuesday said he and other opposition leaders would visit Jammu and Kashmir and urged Malik to allow them the freedom to meet people and soldiers.
On Tuesday, the Raj Bhawan accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to politicise the situation by proposing the visit of a group of Opposition leaders to the state.
"Rahul Gandhi is politicising the matter by seeking to bring a delegation of Opposition leaders to create further unrest and problems for the common people. As he has put forth many conditions for J&K, the Governor is referring the case to the local police and administration to examine the request further," the statement said.