The Congress vice-president, who was addressing a rally in Pulwama during his three-day visit to the state, said it felt like a homecoming 'as my roots are here'. A day after he met the people affected by ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Balakot and asked the government to look into the demands, Rahul targeted the ruling alliance saying it has failed to continue the development works initiated under the UPA for the state.

"The people of Jammu and Kashmir feel that the coalition government in the state is an opportunistic coalition. It is not working to help the people of the state," the Congress leader said at the rally in Pampore area of Pulwama district, 25 kms from here.

Rahul Gandhi stated the previous UPA government at the Centre had initiated several schemes for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the farmers. "But the (present) NDA government at the Centre and the state government are not carrying forward those works," the Congress leader alleged.

He highlighted the Saffron Mission started by the UPA government for the farmers of Pampore and adjoining areas, which are involved in saffron production, saying it has benefited the farmers by providing sprinklers for irrigation.

Invoking his Kashmiri roots, Rahul Gandhi cited whenever he visited the state it felt like a homecoming. "I have a special relation with Jammu and Kashmir as my roots are here. Whenever I come to Jammu and Kashmir I am happy that I am coming home but I am also sad as people here have faced problems... people have died (in violence) over the years," he added.

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