On Saturday, 23rd August, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Srinagar along with 11 opposition leaders of eight parties. But, the administration did not allow him to proceed from the airport.
During this time there was an uproar, and they sent all the leaders back to Delhi.
The delegation of opposition leaders visited the state for the first time after the government removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
On returning to Delhi, Rahul said that the situation in Kashmir is not normal, that is why we stopped meeting people.
Earlier, the administration asked that the leaders should not come to visit the state. Their arrival may disrupt the efforts to maintain peace.
Rahul Gandhi said, “A few days ago the governor invited me to come to Jammu and Kashmir. We wanted to realize what is happening to the people over there. But we could not leave Srinagar Airport. They mistreated us and thrashed media persons. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is not normal. Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the situation in Kashmir remains frightening. Some passengers from Kashmir who were with us on the plane shared their grief. The situation is such that on hearing it, even the stones will cry.
Leaders of many parties join the delegation
Apart from Rahul, the opposition delegation included Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, KC Venugopal, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, Democratic Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, DMK leader Tiruchi Siva, NCP leader Majid Memon, CPI leader D Raja, Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi, and RJD’s Manoj Jha.
Can move to other parts if allowed
If they allow a delegation, they can also go to other parts of the state. Till now, since the removal of Article 370, they allowed no political party leader in the state to leave. Local leaders former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been placed under house arrest.
Rahul-Malik has been debated
Earlier, Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad was denied entry into the state and was barred from going twice. D Raja was also repatriated from Srinagar Airport. There was also a debate on Twitter between Rahul Gandhi and Governor Satyapal Malik to visit the state.
The administration has asked the leaders not to visit
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has requested the leaders not to visit Srinagar as doing so may cause inconvenience to the public there. Restrictions are still in force in many areas of the Valley, which may be violated by visiting leaders.