Even as Opposition parties continue their politics over Kashmir after Centre abrogated Article 370, BSP chief Mayawati said that the delegation should have given a thought before visiting the valley. In a series on tweet on Monday, August 26, Mayawati said that the Opposition led by Congress party should not have visited without permission as it gives chance to the Jammu and Kashmir governor to do politics. She went on to say that BR Ambedkar was never in favour of providing a different status to Jammu and Kashmir - namely Article 370, and therefore BSP supported the government in the abrogation of the Article. The BSP chief then went on to say that it will take time for the situtaion to be normal in the valley and it has been observed by the Supreme Court as well.
1. जैसाकि विदित है कि बाबा साहेब डा. भीमराव अम्बेडकर हमेशा ही देश की समानता, एकता व अखण्डता के पक्षधर रहे हैं इसलिए वे जम्मू-कश्मीर राज्य में अलग से धारा 370 का प्रावधान करने के कतई भी पक्ष में नहीं थे। इसी खास वजह से बीएसपी ने संसद में इस धारा को हटाये जाने का समर्थन किया।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) August 26, 2019
3. ऐसे में अभी हाल ही में बिना अनुमति के कांग्रेस व अन्य पार्टियों के नेताओं का कश्मीर जाना क्या केन्द्र व वहां के गवर्नर को राजनीति करने का मौका देने जैसा इनका यह कदम नहीं है? वहाँ पर जाने से पहले इस पर भी थोड़ा विचार कर लिया जाता, तो यह उचित होता।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) August 26, 2019
Even as the Centre and the security forces are trying their level best to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Opposition delegation led by Congress travelled to Srinagar on August 24. The delegation led by 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. As the leaders boarded the flight to Srinagar, they claimed that they are going to talk to common Kashmiri people. They also said that they want to help restore normalcy in the valley. Questioning the government, they said that if everything is normal in kashmir why are Opposition leaders not allowed to visit the valley.
Earlier taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi had demanded to visit the Valley after abrogation of Article 370. Responding to him, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had offered to send him a 'plane' to visit the state so that he would stop fear mongering 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. However, the delegation was sent back from Srinagar even after Rahul Gandhi insisted that he is visiting after J&K governor agreed him visiting the valley.The security forces said that to maintain peace it is necessary that situtaion is not hindered.
On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.