Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has gone on to call the recently announced European Union delegation’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir an “outright insult to India’s own Parliament and democracy” and sought to inquire why Indian political leaders were, on the other hand, prevented from visiting the state after the abrogation of J&K’s special status.
A 27 member delegation comprising of European parliament members met the PM and Vice President on Monday wherein they were briefed about the situation in J&K and the rampant cross-border terrorism rooted in Pakistan. Ramesh went on to twitter to voice his disagreement where he wrote “When Indian political leaders have been prevented from meeting the people of J&K, what possessed the great chest-beating champion of nationalism to allow European politicians to visit J&K. This is an outright insult to India’s own Parliament and our democracy!”
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury,as a part of the delegation of Opposition leaders who were denied permission to visit the valley, also took to twitter to say “I was allowed to enter Srinagar only when the Supreme Court permitted over my Habeaus Corpus petition. Even today Indian MPs are not allowed while Modi welcomes MEPs!.”
The Union Government’s decision allowing the visit comes days after six American lawmakers wrote to Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla seeking free access for foreign journalists and Congressmen to Kashmir. Numerous Opposition leaders, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, were also sent back from Srinagar airport amid a communication lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir following the Centre’s decision to modify Article 370 of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court in September granted permission to Ghulam Nabi Azad, who represents Jammu and Kashmir in Rajya Sabha, to visit Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah and Jammu districts to inquire about the welfare of the people in the Valley.
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