Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was barred from entering Jammu and Kashmir and sent back from the Srinagar airport yesterday, accused the BJP-led Central government of having “mercilessly massacred” the state by “dismembering” it into two parts.
He wondered if the Centre wanted to implement its decision to take away special status of Jammu and Kashmir by force as the entire region was put under lockdown and no one was even allowed to go out of house.
“The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been massacred by the government mercilessly. All laws made by the state earlier have been scrapped, Article 370 has been diluted and Article 35A has been taken out. One of the most famous state in the world has been divided into two. We have been dismembered. We have lost identity. We have lost everything,” he told reporters after returning to Delhi.
Azad alleged that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have lost their identity and the pride of the state, which once had a “maharaja” and a Prime Minister and later for 18 years had the pride of having the President and the Prime Minister, has been lost.
“The pride J&K was a governor and a chief minister. Today, it will have only a lieutenant-governor. It is shame on the part of this government that this pride has been lost,” he added.
At the Delhi airport, Azad said he was told by the police and civil officials that they had instructions not to allow him entry into Jammu and Kashmir and asked him to return. He Azad said he represented Jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha, and it was his right to visit the state and meet those who had voted for him. He said he as a member of the council of states had a duty to perform towards his voters in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was stopped at Srinagar airport. He had to return back to Delhi. He was accompanied by J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir.