Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Left party leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and others at Srinagar airport, Saturday, Aug 24, 2019. A delegation of opposition leaders who visited Srinagar to assess the situation in the Kashmir Valley were sent back from the airport by J&K authorities.
It is reported in the press that only 7.14% voted in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bye-election, which means that more than 90% did not cast their democratic right. This is unprecedented. It is an indication of the grave situation in the Kashmir valley. Instead of of a military or para-military solution, a political settlement is required with discussion with all stake holders.
Almost all the mobile franchisees and shops were closed in Kashmir, especially in Spore area, due to the threat of extremists who have warned against selling of mobiles as also functioning of the mobile towers. Mobile towers and franchisees were attacked in the recent days.
The anger against the mobile sales and towers by the extremists seems because that they are being traced and attacked by the military/police on the basis of the information through the mobile towers etc.
BSNL franchisee shops also have been closed, although they were the latest to do so.
Reports coming from Kashmir indicates the danger of another flood. Continuous rain yesterday has resulted in much water reaching River Jhelum and the lake. Many roads are under water. We hope that the rain will stop and the danger will recede. We are in contact with our comrades in Srinagar.