'India doesn't belong to BJP, we can go anywhere': Left leaders after being sent back from J&K

The real truth of Jammu and Kashmir is not out and if all is well, then why were we stopped, asked CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Published: 10th August 2019 01:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th August 2019 01:27 AM   |  A+A-


CPI General Secretary D Raja addresses a press conference as CPI M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury looks on in New Delhi on Aug 9 2019. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The Left parties hit out at the government on Friday after CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI chief D Raja were barred from entering Kashmir, saying if the situation was normal, why the two leaders were stopped at the Srinagar airport.

Speaking at a briefing here after being sent back, Yechury recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's famous statement -- "Jamhuriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat" and said that it was an irony that the BJP forgot their own PM's advise on solving the problem in the Valley.

"We were in judicial and police custody. They had an order in my name which they showed me and said that we had to go back by the same flight we came on. We refused and sat there for four hours. We had given them prior information about our visit. There was no reason to detain us. The real truth of Jammu and Kashmir is not out. If all is well, then why were we stopped?" asked Yechury.

Yechury and Raja had both written to governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday informing him of their visit and requesting him to facilitate their entry.

"Both of us had written to the Jammu and Kashmir governor requesting him that there should be no hurdles for our visit. The situation is tense in the state and we could feel it even at the airport. The people had the right to know what is happening there. India doesn't belong to BJP. We have the right to go anywhere in the country," said Raja.

Both the leaders said that Kashmir is a part of India and so are Kashmiris and one is not possible without the other.

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Recalling their detention, the leaders said that as soon as they landed at the airport, their bags were taken away from them and they were escorted to a room where they were asked to take the same flight back to Delhi.

Upon their refusal, they said that a magistrate was summoned who had orders for their detention and their removal from the airport.

The orders also said that they cannot even be sent into the city with escorts as there could be a "law and order issue".

"It was BJP PM Vajpayee who said that 'Jamhuriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat' and only on the basis of these three things that the Kashmir problem can be solved. So, the issue is not about land, but sentiments, which this government has forgotten," Yechury said.

On Thursday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was detained and sent back to Delhi from the Srinagar airport.

READ HERE | Ghulam Nabi Azad not allowed to enter J&K, says Centre 'mercilessly massacred' state

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