Mayawati Questions Congress, Opposition On Kashmir Visit

LUCKNOW || Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday questioned the rationale of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders of flying into Kashmir to take stock of the situation after the centre revoked the article 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution, which gave the state a special status.

In a series of tweets, the Dalit leader said it would have been better had the Congress and other leaders thought about the consequences of their trip to Srinagar, before embarking on the trip. “Without seeking the permission of the local administration and at a time when the situation is yet to become normal, it has only given chance to the union government and the Jammu & Kashmir governor Satyapal Malik enough ammunition to politicise the issue” she mused.

The four-time UP chief minister also once again reiterated her support for the Modi government’s move to scrap the contentious article and said that Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was always of the view of equality and parity.

The Opposition camp, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tried to visit Srinagar on Friday to take stock of the situation there in the aftermath of the revoking of the Article 370 but were turned back from the airport itself.

Malik had advised Gandhi and other opposition leaders not to try and disturb the valley as peace was returning after a long curfew and tense situation. The nation should come first, he further had said.

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