As a delegation of opposition parties, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, is heading towards Indian Occupied Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370, the administration requested them against visiting the state, saying attempts should not be made to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
The Opposition leaders heading to Kashmir include Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, CPI’s D Raja, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, RJD’s Manoj Jha and others. On his visit to Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi is also expected to meet locals and political leaders.
Rahul Gandhi had said that some reports had come in from Jammu and Kashmir about the violence there and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must assuage concerns over the matter in a transparent manner.
On the other hand, Major opposition parties in India held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the continued clampdown in occupied Kashmir and demanded immediate release of political leaders and restoration of communication services in the territory.
Protest in New Delhi came as occupied Kashmir continues to remain under continued siege in the wake of the Hindu nationalist government’s decision to revoke the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir. Top opposition figures addressed the protest, which was organised by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a regional party from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Protesters shouted slogans such as “Release the political leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir” and “Restore telecom services in the valley”.
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