Donning the Kashmiri traditional cloak (pheran), Congress leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Rahul Gandhi Monday said he deliberately wore a white t-shirt to give a chance to his enemies to colour it red with blood but he received endless love instead of grenades.
He said the message of Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) was to see the end of phone calls giving the message of deaths in the Valley.
Addressing a rally on the last day of BJY at SK Stadium, Sonwar, Srinagar, amid heavy snowfall, Rahul said that much was talked about his t-Shirt. “I wore a (white) t-shirt to give chance to my enemies to change its colour to blood red, but instead I received lots of love and warm wishes instead of grenades,” he said.
Rahul thundered from the stage amid slogans from the participants: “Jodo, Jodo Bharat Jodo”
Rahul said he can well understand the pain and agony of Kashmiris. “Every Kashmiri I met during my Yatra had tears in their eyes. The main message of BJY is to see the end of phone calls giving messages of death. What would be the fate of the families including soldiers, CRPF men and Kashmiris when they get phone calls with messages of deaths/killings of their loved ones? Who else can understand that other than me? I have received phone calls about my father’s death and even my grandmother’s death,” he said.
Rahul dared Home Minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders to conduct or hold Padyatra in the Valley like the one he did. “I am sure they can’t do it as they are afraid and have fear in their hearts,” he said.
Rahul said that Kashmiriyat was a thought and Kashmir was a home for him. “In fact, the thought Kashmiriyat presents is a home for me. For me, the home is not just four walls but the thought Kashmiriyat gives and presents,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Rahul’s sister, Priyanka Gandhi said that the main message of BJY was to spread love and call for the end of hatred by bringing the hearts together. “Finally, we have succeeded,” he said. (KNO)