Security forces on Thursday stopped Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Srinagar airport along with local Kashmiri Congress leader Ghulam Ahmed Mir. Azad was later sent back to Delhi.
Earlier, speaking to reporters, Azad had said that he was going to Jammu and Kashmir to share the sadness of people from his state. “Probably for the first time, all 22 districts have seen a curfew. Have you heard of this before?” He had said.
#UPDATE: Congress MP and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad is being sent back to Delhi. J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir and he were stopped at Srinagar airport today. https://t.co/znTJIonHwN
— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2019
Azad also took a potshot at viral videos of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was seen sharing a meal with local Kashmiris on Wednesday amidst complete lockdown. Implying that Doval had orchestrated those videos by paying money to local residents. “You can pay anyone to get these done,” he was quoted by NDTV.
Azad had spoken passionately against the revocation of Article 370 in his home state Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. He, however, did not find support from other prominent leaders from within his own party Jyotiraditya Scindia, Janardhan Dwivedi, Deepender Hooda and Milind Deora supported the government’s move.
Reacting to the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir and the government’s decision to imprison two former chief ministers, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi called it an abuse of executive powers that will have serious ramifications on the national security.
On Wednesday, Pakistan decided to expel the Indian high commissioner while downgrading its diplomatic ties with India.