While the delegation of nine opposition parties led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is all set to visit Jammu and Kashmir J&K top sources have said that the team will not be permitted to leave the airport. Earlier the opposition leaders had appeared with stringent criticism on the government on revoking the temporary constitutional status given to Jammu & Kashmir during independence.
Some parties that will likely be part of the delegation are Congress, CPI-M, CPI, RJD, NCP, TMC and DMK. Top Congress leaders who will likely visit Srinagar along with Rahul Gandhi are Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma. The state administration requested them against visiting the state, saying attempts should not be made to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
Since the historical decision of BJP led union ministry, the government had not allowed any political leader to enter the state ever since the Centre withdrew special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Leaders of regional parties, including former CMs Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are still under house arrest.
NCP leader Majeed Memon who is part of Opposition delegation which will visit J&K today, said, “Our motive is not to go and create disturbances. We aren’t going in the government’s opposition, we are going in the government’s support so that we too can give suggestions as to what must be done.”
While the opposition parties claim that their motive is not to create disturbances, there is strong criticism as the proposed visit would spark troubles in the valley which is slowly coming back to normalcy.