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Opposition leaders plan to visit Jammu & Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi likely to join

Among those expected to travel to the Valley on Saturday are leaders from Congress, CPM, CPI, Trinamool Congress, RJD, NCP and DMK.

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New Delhi: Leaders of various opposition parties will visit Srinagar on Saturday to meet people of Jammu and Kashmir where restrictions are imposed after the Centre withdrew special status to the state and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

According to sources, among some of the parties that will be part of the opposition all-party delegation are Congress, CPI-M, CPI, RJD, NCP, TMC and DMK and Rahul Gandhi is likely to accompany them.

The sources said top Congress leaders who will visit Srinagar are Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, RJD’s Manoj Jha and Dinesh Trivedi from NCP will also be part of the delegation.

Senior Congress leaders were huddled in a meeting on Friday evening to discuss the issue within the party.

The sources said the leaders also intend to visit some other parts of the state, if allowed to enter.

So far, the government has not allowed any political leader to enter the state ever since provisions of Article 370 were abrogated by the Centre.

Leaders of regional parties, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been put under house arrest. Congress MP Azad was not allowed to enter the state and was stopped twice, both at Srinagar and Jammu.

Earlier, Raja was also stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back.

Rahul Gandhi has been wanting to visit the state and had asked Governor Satya Pal Malik to allow him.

Also read: In Valley, angry Kashmiris have a target — the media projecting ‘normalcy’ in J&K


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