Congress' overseas delegation dragged the Kashmir issue to the United Kingdom, and held a met with UK Labor party leaders led by Jeremy Corbyn, to discuss India's domestic issue. The two Opposition parties of the UK and India, held a dialogue on the 'human rights situation' in Kashmir over the abrogation of Article 370, subsequent communication blackout, detention of mainstream leaders and deployment of troops due to concerns cross border terrorism. In a tweet, UK's Jeremy Corbyn urged de-escalation to end the 'cycle of violence and fear.'
"A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir. There must be de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long," Jeremy Corbyn said.
Several prominent Indian origin voices in the Labour Party have expressed their concerns over the recent decision to pass a resolution on Jammu and Kashmir. Many members feel that Labour’s stand on Kashmir which in essence questions the decision of the government of India might hurt it electorally and that the Indian community would no longer side with Labour.
Meanwhile, the Centre has claimed that the situation in the valley is being restored back to normalcy. On Sunday, the weekly flea market in Srinagar attracted a number of vendors, who set up their stalls, in spite of various main markets and other business establishments still shut, according to PTI. While there has been an increase in the vehicular traffic on the road, the public transport is still not functional.
The communication blockade still prevails in the valley, while landline connections have been restored in some parts of Kashmir. Schools and universities have reopened, however, there is a lack of attendance. According to reports, the state administration has been regularly reporting on the medical facilities in the valley.
The Congress party on Wednesday decided to boycott the Block Development Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir, over the detention of mainstream political leaders, after the abrogation of Article 370. Moreover, previously, former Chief Minister of the state was slapped with PSA, for which, Rahul Gandhi had demanded the government to free 'nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah.' Congress became the fourth party, after CPI(M), National Conference and PDP to boycott the Block Development Council polls to be held on October 24 in the state.