New Delhi, Aug. 14 -- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to a comment from Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik the day before that the Congress leader would do well to visit the region before speaking on the situation there by saying he and a group of opposition leaders would do that, provided they were allowed to travel freely across the state which has witnessed a communications blackout and restrictions on movement since August 5.

On Monday, Malik also offered to send Gandhi a plane (to travel to Kashmir). "You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this," Malik said, referencing Gandhi's comments on reports of violence in the Kashmir valley.

Gandhi's response came on Tuesday. He has spent the past f...