'Ground realities differ from Delhi's claims in IoK'

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Rahul again declares Pragya Thakur a ‘Terrorist’

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in the Parliament House, said that the ground realities were completely different from the “fictitious images” conjured up in Indian occupied Kashmir by the Narendra Modi and Amit Shah government.
Sonia Gandhi has said that democracy was again subverted when the special status of Kashmir was abrogated by Narendra Modi-led Indian government on August 5, Kashmir Media Service reported.
She said that the agony, anguish and humiliation of the people continued and former Chief Ministers, who in the past were political allies of the BJP, MLAs, political workers and ordinary people had been under house arrest for months. “Even children are not being spared in the crackdown,” she added.
Speaking on the issue of the revelations of surveillance through Pegasus, spying software, Sonia Gandhi questioned the silence of the government over its role in violating the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he stood by his remarks on Twitter terming BJP MP Pragya Thakur a “terrorist” and was ready to face any action. He also claimed that Thakur believes in violence, the way NathuramGodse did.
“Yes, I stand by my statement. What I have written on Twitter, I stand by it. Yes,” he told reporters when asked if he stood by his statement calling Thakur a “terrorist”.
Asked about BJP calling for action against him for his remarks, Gandhi said, “That’s ok. There’s no problem. Whatever they want to do, I’ll welcome.”
The Congress leader said what Thakur says what she believes in. “I don’t agree with her, but she believes in it,” Gandhi said.
Godse also used violence and she also believes in violence, he said.
Gandhi hit out at Thakur over her remarks on Godse and said she has displayed the heart of the BJP and the RSS, and it cannot be hidden.
“Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament,” Gandhi had said on Twitter.
Reacting to Pragya’s praise of Godse in Parliament on Wednesday, he said, “What she is saying that is the heart of the RSS and BJP, what can I say? It cannot be hidden. I don’t need to waste my time demanding action against that woman.”
Bhopal MP Thakur on Friday tendered an apology in LokSabha but said her remarks on Godse have been twisted. She said her comments were in a different context.