Ghulam Nabi Azad lands in Srinagar, but can't leave airport; likely to be sent back: Report

Azad was visiting the state days after the Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. 

Published: 08th August 2019 01:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2019 03:31 PM   |  A+A-

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (File | PTI)

By Online Desk

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who landed in Srinagar on Thursday was prevented from leaving the airport, reports ANI.

"I always go [to Kashmir] after the end of the Parliament session. I have not asked anyone for permission. I am going to join the people in times of suffering," he said.

Azad boarded the plane early in the morning. His party has vehemently opposed the decision by the Center to revoke Article 370 stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

A media report suggests that the senior Congress leader likely to be sent back from the airport as  a massive restrictions still in place in the city.

Azad, who is the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha was visiting the state days after the Narendra Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. The government also divided the state into two Union Territories.

Earlier, while reacting to the pictures and videos of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's interaction with locals in Kashmir's Shopian district, Azad had said: "anyone can be brought along with money".

NSA Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. The pictures and videos went viral on social media.

"Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho (Anyone can be brought along with money)," Azad said when asked about Doval's visit.

Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence-building measure (CMB).

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • bala

    Let Congress
    11 days ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp