NEW DELHI: After Rahul Gandhi was turned away from Srinagar airport yesterday, his sister Priyanka Gandhi outraged over the authorities through a series of tweets that she posted today.
The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is nothing more than political and anti-national, wrote Congress general secretary over denying the fundamental rights of citizens.
The centre has abolished Article 370 which ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, earlier this month. Congress had vehemently opposed the law but many other parties supported.
Priyanka Gandhi on her tweet enclosed video clip, in which a distraught woman was seen speaking to Rahul Gandhi about the problems that she has been facing after the ending the special status.
How long is this going to continue?This is one out of millions of people who are being silenced and crushed in the name of “Nationalism”.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 25, 2019
For those who accuse the opposition of ‘politicising’ this issue: https://t.co/IMLmnTtbLb
After having a talk with the Governor Satya Pal Malik through Twitter, Rahul Gandhi had planned to visit Jammu and Kashmir to survey the ground situations of the state which were still under many restrictions following the abrogation of Article 370.
But Rahul and other opposition leaders who reached Srinagar airport turned away by the airport administration.
Rahul Gandhi told media that it has been proven that the situation of Jammu and Kashmir was not normal as claimed by the centre.
“Few days ago, I was invited by Jammu and Kashmir Governor and he claimed that everything was normal and that he would send me a plane to visit the state. But I told him, I don’t need you plane but I will visit your state,” said Gandhi who also claimed that the journalists who accompanied him were manhandled.
However, hours before Rahul Gandhi’s visit the Jammu and Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department tweeted that the political leaders should not visit Srinagar because it would cause inconvenience to the people at a time when the centre is trying to protect the people of the state from threat of cross border terrorism and attacks.