(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Opposition leaders to visit Srinagar on Saturday

  • The decision was taken during a meeting on Friday evening
  • Uncertainty looms over whether they will be allowed to enter Srinagar or not

New Delhi: Opposition leaders are going to visit Srinagar on Saturday.Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also likely to join these leaders. Opposition leaders had demanded that they be allowed to visit the newly formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the imposition of restrictions on residents following the abrogation of Article 370.

The decision was taken during a meeting on Friday evening and comes a day after opposition parties held a protest demonstration on the issue in national capital’s Jantar Mantar.

According to an opposition leader aware of developments apart from senior representatives of the Congress, members of Left Parties including Communist Party of India (Marxist) as well as Communist Party of India, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal will also be present in the visiting delegation.

Uncertainty looms over whether they will be allowed to enter the city or not as two earlier attempts of senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad have been unsuccessful owing to the security restrictions which have been imposed.

Earlier this month, Parliament approved a resolution scrapping special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and also passed The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill to split the state into two Union territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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