"The Governor has said that I am invited. Toh ab main aaya hoon. Phir aap keh rahein hai ki main nahi aa sakte hain (So I have now come here and you are telling that I cannot come)," Rahul can be heard saying.
Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, and Manoj Jha went with Rahul
Rahul also asked the security officials that if everything was fine, why weren't they allowed to step out.
They, here, referred to 11 Opposition leaders who accompanied Rahul. These included Left's Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, RJD's Manoj Jha, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, and Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi.
Many of them surrounded Rahul as he attempted to strike a deal with the security officials.
Rahul said he just wanted to meet 10-15 people
During the "negotiation", Rahul said, "We want to go to any area that is peaceful and meet 10 to 15 people. We don't want to do anything more. If it's 144 ( Section 144), then I am ready to go individually...we will go individually."
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The govt is saying everything is okay here everything is normal. If everything is normal why are we not allowed out?: Shri @RahulGandhi
Things aren't normal in J&K, said Rahul after touchdown
After returning to the National Capital, Rahul charged at BJP-led Centre saying the situation in the border state wasn't "normal".
He said he wanted to get a sense of on-ground situation but unfortunately, he was stopped from doing so.
"The press people with us were mishandled, beaten. It's clear that things are not normal in Jammu and Kashmir," Rahul went on.
Calling Rahul's visit 'political, Malik said national interest is important
Meanwhile, Malik termed Rahul's visit "political".
"I had invited him out of goodwill but he started doing politics. It (their visit) was nothing but a political action by these people. Parties should keep in mind the national interest at these times," Malik said.
Separately, the J&K Information and Public Relations Department revealed politicians' visit will cause inconvenience to people.
"Senior leaders should understand peace is the top priority"
They would also be violating restrictions that are still there in many areas. Senior leaders should understand that top priority would be given to maintaining peace, order and preventing loss of human lives.