Srinagar, August 24: Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other leaders of the opposition parties who landed at Srinagar airport were sent back to Delhi on Saturday. Restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of article 370 and bifurcation of state into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Rahul Gandhi Accepts Jammu And Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's Invite to Visit Valley, Says 'I Don't Need Aircraft, But Freedom to Travel, Meet People'.
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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. #JammuAndKashmir
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On Friday, Jammu And Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department tweeted political leaders should not visit Srinagar as this would "disturb the gradual restoration of normal life" at a time "when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu & Kashmir."
The leaders arrived at Delhi airport on August 24 morning and boarded a scheduled flight to Srinagar. Before flying, the leaders asserted that they were only going to assess the ground realities and not for creating any disturbance.
"Our motive is not to go and create a disturbance. We are not going as government's opposition, we are going in government's support so that we too can give suggestions as about things that can be done," NCP leader Majeed Memon said while talking to ANI, hours before leaving to the valley.
"If the situation is normal, why they are 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.
(With ANI Inputs)