BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday called that the delegation of Opposition's trip to J&K 'political tourism'. After taking to Twitter, where Rahul Gandhi demanded to visit the Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 which was accepted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik so that he would stop fear-mongering over it, a delegation from the Opposition has left for the valley. A delegation led by the Congress comprises of Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, as well as other leaders of Opposition - CPI's D Raja, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, RJD's Manoj Jha and others. But the BJP meanwhile, has called the entire trip political tourism.
"They should stop this political tourism. It is a conspiracy to give sympathy to separatists. Today, people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are moving towards progess with faith. The Opposition are on political tourism to appease separatists, even as people of the region are embracing progress. Because everyone knows their thoughts on Article 370. So there will be no positive outcome from such political tourism," Naqvi said.
The Jammu and Kashmir government issued a statement on Friday night asking political leaders not to visit the Valley as it would disturb the gradual restoration of peace and normal life. It also said the visit by politicians would be in violation of restrictions that have been imposed in many areas of the Valley. The statement from the Jammu and Kashmir administration said at a time when the government is trying to protect the people of the state from the threat of cross-border terrorism and attacks by terrorists. The Centre is trying to restore public order by controlling miscreants and mischief-mongers, and said that attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
The Modi government abrogated Article 370 that provided special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories. Following the abrogation, communication was shut down in J&K and curfew was imposed in light of security situations. After a few days, the curfew was uplifted, schools were re-opened and landlines services were restored. Normalcy is gradually returning to the valley.