Mayawati hits out at oppn leaders over visit to Kashmir

Uttar Pradesh: BSP supremo Mayawati today slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders for trying to visit Srinagar without the permission of Central government.

The BSP chief tweeted that Congress and other political parties should think twice before giving an opportunity to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to do politics over Kashmir by trying to visit the region at this point in time.

Mayawati said that the aborogation of Article 370 has created an unprecendented situation in Kashmir and the opposition leaders must wait for situation to get normal before deciding to visit the region.

Explaining the reason behind her party’s decision to support the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Mayawati said that Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was never in support of Article 370 because he always believed in unity, integrity and equality of India. She added that this is only reason why BSP supported the government’s decision to revoke Article 370.

A delegation of opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and KC Venugopal, CPIM’s Sitaram Yechuri, CPI’s D Raja, RJD’s Manoj Jha, JDS’s Kupendra Reddy, NCP’s Majeed Memon, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, LJD’s Sharad Yadav, and TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi had gone to Srinagar on Saturday to review the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir after Governor Malik had “invited” Gandhi to visit Kashmir. The opposition leaders were, however, denied permission to step out of the Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Malik on Sunday said that the situation in Kashmir was peaceful and there was no shortage of any essential commodity. He said that the administration wants to ensure that there’s no loss of life, adding that normalcy would soon be restored in Kashmir.

“In all the crises that happened in Kashmir in the past, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself. Our attitude is such that there should be no loss of human lives,” said Malik, adding that it does not matter if phone lines are not working for 10 days. “Everything will be restored soon,” he assured.