NEWS RAHUL KASHMIR
NEW DELHI: A fresh attempt by Opposition leaders to land in Srinagar and take stock of the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir was aborted by the local administration. The Opposition team comprised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Gulam Nabi Azad, CPI leader D Raja and JD leader Sharad Yadav among some others. They flew into Srinagar from New Delhi but was advised to go back, which they did without any resistance.
The Union Territory Government’s decision to disallow the leaders’ visit was in conformity with its decision not to allow any leader from outside to visit the UT after abrogation of Article 370 and ending of the autonomous status for the state. In a bold move, the Modi government had also separated Ladakh from the Jammu and Kashmir province by making Ladakh a separate Union Territory. Attempts by Pakistan to internationalise the issue failed at UN and other fora in recent days.
Internally, the government is able to keep things under control ever since by clamping of curfew and ban orders, which have been relaxed of late, but not lifted altogether. Some reports had spoken of stray clashes, but the overall situation is fully under control as per independent reports emerging from Jammu and Kashmir.
Clearly, the attempt by Opposition leaders on Saturday was seen as an attempt to let the world know they were not sitting idle and are mindful of the Kashmir situation. The Opposition is aware of the massive support the Modi government’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir have got from the general public across the country. IHN-NN
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