New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government has let a delegation of National Conference from Jammu meet the detained NC leaders — President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah in Srinagar, stated party spokesperson Madan Mantoo.
National Conference Spokesperson Madan Mantoo was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “Jammu and Kashmir Government has allowed a delegation of National Conference from Jammu, to meet party president Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah, who are currently under detention.”
The NC had on October 3 requested J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to allow a delegation of senior party leaders from Jammu to meet the party leaders who are currently under detention in Srinagar. After the meeting, the NC party would chalk out its future course of action, stated the party spokesman.
It must be noted that the senior opposition leaders in J&K were detained hours after the abrogation of the contentious Article 370. The list of detained J&K leaders includes former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Shah Faesal, Yousuf Tarigami and Usman Majid. With the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status and was bifurcated into two Union territories namely Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one.
Meanwhile, a meeting was convened by senior leaders based in Jammu at the Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan recently. At the meeting, the National Conference party reviewed the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking stock of the tense situation, the NC leaders reiterated that dissent was the core of democracy.