India’s Opposition Leader, Rahul Gandhi to Visit Kashmir Today

Opposition delegation will not be permitted to leave airport, J&K Police sources say

A delegation of nine opposition parties of inda, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to visit Indian occupied Kashmir today to meet the people and party leaders in the region where restrictions have been imposed since August 5 when the Centre withdrew special status to the state and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

Parties that will be part of the opposition delegation are the Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Rahul Gandhi, who earlier expressed his desire to visit the Valley a number of times and had asked Governor Satya Pal Malik to permit him, is likely to be a part of the delegation.

However, the state administration requested them against visiting the state, saying attempts should not be made to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.

So far, the government has not allowed any political leader to enter the state ever since the Centre withdrew special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Leaders of regional parties, including former CMs Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are still under house arrest.

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