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LIVE updates: Rahul Gandhi, Opposition delegation sent back

Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders of several other opposition parties will visit Kashmir on Saturday to take stock of the situation in the valley. The visit comes almost three weeks after the removal of the key provisions of Article 370. According to sources, apart from Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma and KC Venugopal are also going.

These leaders are scheduled to reach Srinagar in the afternoon. A source said that if permission is granted to enter Srinagar, then all the leaders including Rahul Gandhi will take stock of the situation there and meet local leaders and residents.

 

 

3:30 PM

Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders not allowed in J&K; asked to go back

Delegation of opposition leaders comprising Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha, Majeed Memon, and others that had reached Srinagar has been sent back.

 

2:20 PM

Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders have reached Srinagar airport

 

2:00 PM

Opposition delegation plans to meet people in Jammu and Kashmir

According to PTI, Opposition delegation plans to meet people in Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation after region’s special status was removed and restrictions imposed to prevent violent protests.

 

1:30 PM

We are not going to break the law: Ghulam Nabi Azad

“The political parties which are going under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi are responsible political outfits and all of us are responsible leaders. We are not going to break the law. The issue of J-K, Ladakh is worrisome,” Ghulam nabi Azad said while expressing concern about no statement being issued by the Home Ministry on the situation, reports news agency ANI.

 

12:25 PM

Watch: Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leaders reading newspapers in the airplane

12:05 PM

If the situation is normal, why are they objecting to our visit?: Manoj Jha

“If the situation is normal, why are they objecting to our visit? And if they are objecting, they should accept that the situation is not normal. We don’t need security,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said, reports news agency ANI.

 

11:30 AM

Jammu and Kashmir police had asked political leaders to not visit Srinagar

11:05 AM

Rahul Gandhi leaves from his residence

Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves from his residence. A delegation of Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, will visit Jammu and Kashmir today.

 

10:55 AM

10:45 AM

If things normal then why political leaders are under house arrest?: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad who is part of Opposition delegation which will visit J&K today: On one hand Govt says situation is normal, and on the other hand they don’t allow anyone to go.Never seen such contradictions. If things normal then why political leaders are under house arrest?

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