Rahul Gandhi, a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) will visit Jammu and Kashmir, on the 24th of August.
This is said to be Mr. Gandhi’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the Central Government scrapped Article 370, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, on the 5th of August, addressed the Lok Sabha session and announced the decision of the Government of India (GoI) revoking Article 370.
All opposition party leaders will land in Srinagar to see the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370.
Apart from the INC, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD,) the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP,) Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will be part of the delegation.
According to sources, if allowed, the leaders will visit other parts of Jammu and Kashmir too. As of now, no political leader from any opposition party is allowed to enter Jammu and Kashmir, especially areas which are on high alert.
Despite being requested by the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations not to visit Jammu and Kashmir, the opposition leaders decided to visit the State.
Sitaram Yechury, an opposition leader, and a member of the Communist Party of India (CPI,) justified the visit and said, “It is the administration who asked us to go and see the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. So, we are going today (the 24th of August.)”
Tiruchi Selav, a leader of the DMK said, “We are optimistic. We are going to Kashmir to see the situation.”
The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations cited the disturbance in the restoration of normal life as a reason to restrict leaders visit.
The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations took to Twitter and said, “They would also be violating restrictions that are still there in many areas. Senior leaders should understand that top priority would be given to maintaining peace, order and preventing loss of human lives.”
Rahul Gandhi accompanied by 11 INC leaders departed from Delhi Airport and will reach Srinagar Airport soon.
However, if the sources are to be believed, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir will restrict their entry into Srinagar and will send them back to Delhi immediately.
Stay tuned for further updates.