Busting Congress' lie regarding Kashmir, Republic TV, on Monday, has accessed visuals of residents playing football in the northern Kashmir district- Baramulla. Visuals also show normal traffic movement in the streets. Normalcy is seen being restored in the Valley of three weeks of restrictions imposed due to security reasons. The Centre had initially tightened the security in Jammu-Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370. But in the successive weeks, the Centre has been easing restrictions in a phased manner in certain parts of the Valley.
Recent reports from Kashmir have said that there are difficulties faced by local Kashmiris with the continued communication blocking. But officials have stated on Sunday that communication curbs in Kashmir have been eased to some extent and landline telephone services restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation. The process of fully restoring the landline connectivity, baring in a few pockets, is underway and more telephone lines would be restored soon, they added. However, the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.
The Home Ministry on Sunday put out a list of services related to medicine after news reports about the shortage of medicine supplies surfaced. The Home Ministry said that not only 65% of the retail chemist shops were open but also medicines worth Rs 23.81Cr reached end-user retail shops in the last 20 days - slightly higher than the monthly average. However, Markets across Kashmir continued to remain shut for as shops and other business establishments were closed, said Officials. Public transport too was off the roads, they added.
After Opposition leaders' delegation was detained at Srinagar airport, Congress' official Twitter handle, on Saturday, has released a video capturing the conversation between Rahul Gandhi and the authorities at Srinagar. The video shows an irate Rahul Gandhi in claiming that he was invited by the Jammu-Kashmir governor. Surrounded by other leaders like Majeed Memon, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Gandhi goes on to question why they were not allowed to enter if the situation was normal, as stated by the government. He then goes on to say that they wish to visit any area and speak with a few residents.
The govt is saying everything is okay here & everything is normal. If everything is normal why are we not allowed out?: Shri @RahulGandhi— Congress (@INCIndia) August 24, 2019
Was it not Governor Satya Pal Malik that invited Mr. Gandhi to come to J&K and assess the situation for himself? #RahulGandhiWithJnK pic.twitter.com/jneIkpOJve
But Srinagar authorities had stayed firm in their resolve and had asked the Opposition leaders to return back. On returning to Delhi, Rahul Gandhi continued to fearmonger about the ground reality of Kashmir. Speaking to reporters at Delhi airport, he said, "Some days ago I was invited by Governor to visit J&K. I accepted the invitation. We wanted to get a sense of what people are going through. But we weren't allowed beyond the airport. Press people with us were mishandled and beaten. It is clear that the situation in J&K isn't normal," as reported by ANI.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has been demanding to visit the Valley since restrictions were implemented in the state. Previously, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had offered to send him a 'plane' to visit the state so that he would stop fearmongering over it. In response, Rahul Gandhi explicitly stated that while he won't 'need an aircraft' but 'freedom' should be assured for him to travel and meet mainstream leaders and soldiers deployed in the valley. He also jumped at Pal's offer tweeting he would visit with a delegation of political leaders after parliament abrogated article 370 on August 5.