Opposition party leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and leaders of CPI, CPI-M RJD, NCP and TMC who visited Kashmir to take stock of the situation were sent back to Delhi from Srinagar airport.
Ahead of their proposed visit, the J&K administration had issued advisory asking political leaders to stay off from the valley, saying their presence would disturb the gradual progress of normalcy.
The statement said that political leaders are requested to cooperate with the government and not visit Srinagar as they will be causing inconvenience. Senior leaders should understand that maintaining peace and preventing the loss of human lives are top priorities. “Visit of political leaders will also be violating the restrictions that are still there in many areas,” it added.
Since Article 370 was revoked on August 5 no political leader has been able to visit the state. No leaders from Kashmir has managed to travel to Delhi either. The major politicians of the state are under house arrest. And the state is mostly in a communication blackout.
Opposition party leaders who went to visit Jammu and Kashmir are Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, CPI’s D Raja, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, and RJD’s Manoj Jha. Ghulam Nabi Azad has already been stopped twice at Jammu airport.