JAMMU, Aug 25: More leaders of different political parties, particularly National Conference and Congress, have condemned the Government action to deny entry of leaders of opposition parties of the country in the State who had come to access the ground situation here and to meet mainstream political leaders and common people in Kashmir.
Ajay Sadhotra, former Minister and senior leader of National Conference, has termed the Government action as unconstitutional and undemocratic. “State Government on the one hand is claiming return of normalcy in the State while on the other hand, entry of opposition leaders was denied. Every time whenever there was problem in any part of the country, the delegation of opposition leaders visited the troubled part of the country. Even delegations of opposition parties have visited State in 1990, 2010, 2016. But it is very unfortunate that that State Government has not allowed opposition parties’ leaders to enter the State,” he said.
Sadhotra also appealed the Government to immediately release NC top leaders Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and other mainstream political parties leaders.
AICC Vichar Vibhag National Coordinator and former MLC, Ashok Kumar Sharma has sought intervention of the President of India to ensure restoration of democratic values in Jammu and Kashmir permitting the opposition leaders in the highest law making body free movement and interaction with the people of J&K.
Vice-Chairman of the JKPCC Minority Department, S Gurdarshan Singh has criticized the Government for not allowing the opposition leaders to visit Srinagar and also demanded immediate release of G A Mir, Raman Bhalla, Ravinder Sharma and others , who have been put under house arrest.
Provincial president of Rahul Gandhi Brigade and State secretary Youth Congress, Arjun Sharma said that by restraining the opposition leaders, the ruling dispensation has violated the Articles 21 and 15 of the Indian Constitution.
State president of National Democratic Party Indian (NDPI), Rajesh Gupta has lambasted those criticizing the opposition parties of politicizing J&K issue and said that there was nothing more political and anti-national than the alleged shutting down of democratic rights in Kashmir.