- Distraught woman approached Rahul Gandhi on flight
- Priyanka Gandhi tweeted video, hit out at centre over Kashmir
- Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leaders sent back from Srinagar airport
Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, whose brother Rahul Gandhi was turned away from Srinagar airport yesterday, ripped into the authorities today in a series of tweets. There is nothing more "political and anti-national" than denying Kashmiris their democratic rights, she wrote. The Congress had vehemently opposed the government's move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split the state in two union territories that took place earlier this month.
In her posts, Priyanka Gandhi enclosed a video tweeted by a News18 India journalist of a distraught woman speaking to Rahul Gandhi on his flight from Srinagar about the problems she is facing.
there is NOTHING more 'political' and 'anti national' than the shutting down of all democratic rights that is taking place in Kashmir. It is the duty of every one of us to raise our voices against it, we will not stop doing so.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 25, 2019
How long is this going to continue?This is one out of millions of people who are being silenced and crushed in the name of "Nationalism".— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 25, 2019
For those who accuse the opposition of 'politicising' this issue: https://t.co/IMLmnTtbLb
Rahul Gandhi had planned to visit Jammu and Kashmir to survey the ground situation following a Twitter exchange with Governor Satya Pal Malik. But he and the other opposition leaders were turned away from Srinagar airport by the administration.
Mr Gandhi said it proved that the situation in Kashmir valley was not normal as claimed by the authorities.
Claiming the journalists accompanying him were manhandled, Mr Gandhi said, "Some days ago, I was invited by the Governor to visit Jammu and Kashmir. So I accepted the invitation. The Governor had suggested that everything was normal and that he would send me a plane to visit the state. I told him, I don't need your plane but I will accept your invitation and I would come to Jammu and Kashmir."
Hours before his visit, the Jammu and Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department tweeted, saying political leaders should not "not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience" at a "time when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the threat of cross border terrorism and attacks..."