After Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik about his intentions of visiting the Valley, top Union government officials we forced into a huddle.
Officials said the decision on whether to allow the Congress leader and other political figures will be taken by the local district administration.
In a tweet Gandhi said: “Dear Governor Malik, a delegation of opposition leaders and I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there.”
Rahul Gandhi tweeted after Governor Satya Pal Malik criticised him for his remarks about violence in Kashmir, saying he will send the Congress leader an aircraft to visit the valley and observe the ground situation.
However, it’s unlikely for the union government to permit Mr. Gandhi from meeting detained leaders such as Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who landed in Srinagar on Thursday, was barred from entering the city and was sent back from the airport itself. Azad later accused the BJP-led central government of having “mercilessly massacred” the state by “dismembering” it into two parts.
The following day, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI chief D Raja were also not allowed to enter Jammu and Kashmir and sent back from Srinagar airport after a brief detention.
State government spokesperson and Principal Secretary Rohit Kansas said that the restrictions will be “relaxed in a phased manner” but no one knows when.
Meanwhile, curfew still remains in most parts of the valley, phone lines and mobile services remain blackened out.
Source : Various