To assess the situation in Kashmir Valley after the abrogation of Articl 370, the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Saturday.
A delegation of opposition leaders apart from senior Congress leaders will also accompany Rahul Gandhi. Three Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal and Anand Sharma would be part of the delegation. Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s Dinesh Trivedi, Tiruchi Siva of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India’s D Raja, Loktantrik Janta Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Majeed Memon (Nationalist Congress Party) and D Kupendra Reddy of the Janta Dal (Secular) will also be a part of the delegation.
Reacting to the delegation’s visit, the Jammu and Kashmir administration asked political leaders to cooperate and not visit Srinagar. It added they would be putting other people to inconvenience. “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,” the administration tweeted.
It said political leaders should not make attempts to disturb their efforts to protect the people of the state from the threat “of cross-border terrorism and from attacks by militants and separatists”.
On Thursday, DMK leader M K Stalin held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against the situation in Kashmir. On Friday morning, Opposition leaders met in Delhi and decided to send the delegation to Kashmir.
So far, the government has not allowed any political leader to enter the state ever since Article 370 was abrogated. Leaders of regional parties, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been put under house arrest.
Azad was not allowed to enter the state and stopped twice, both in Srinagar and Jammu. Earlier, Raja and Sitaram Yechury were also stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back.