A delegation of nine opposition parties led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who wanted to visit Indian Occupied Kashmir on Saturday sent back and was not allowed to step out of Srinagar airport. The opposition leaders had intended to visit Kashmir to assess the situation in the wake of the BJP government’s decision to revoke the occupied region’s special autonomy.
The delegation comprised Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha, Majeed Memon, and others wanted to examine the ground situation following the Indian government’s move to revoke the special status of the territory.
Top officials told media that the local administration of Jammu and Kashmir would not allow the opposition members to leave the airport at Srinagar, and had booked a return flight to New Delhi for them a few hours after they land. The Congress had tweeted that the visit led by Gandhi was “an attempt to review the reality in the region after the abrogation of Article 370”.
The party condemned the BJP government’s move to prevent opposition leaders from visiting occupied Kashmir, asking on Twitter why the delegation was sent back if, according to the government, the situation in the valley was “normal”.
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16 November, 2019