New Delhi:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of various Opposition leaders who reached Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday afternoon to review the situation in the state were sent back, ANI reported. This came days after they held a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to demand the immediate release of political leaders detained in Kashmir.
The delegation includes Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and KC Venugopal, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Tiruchi Siva, Nationalist Congress Party leader
Majeed Memon, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha and Janata Dal (Secular) leader D Kupendra Reddy.
The Congress lashed out at the government for halting their visit and asked what the “government is trying to hide”.
“If the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is ‘normal’ as the govt claims, why has the delegation of Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi been sent back from Srinagar airport,” Congress questioned in a tweet. “What is the Modi govt trying to hide?”.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said there was no need for Gandhi to visit the state, ANI reported. “He was needed when his colleague was speaking in the Parliament,” Malik said. “If he wants to aggravate the situation and come here to repeat the lie he told in Delhi, it is not good.”