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Sent back to Delhi from Srinagar, Anand Sharma's dig at J-K administration

The Cong leader said that the restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir were posing a "big challenge for Indian democracy"

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Taking a dig at the Jammu and administration for not allowing him to visit Srinagar, senior Congress leader on Saturday said he has seen "such hospitality for the first time".

Sharma was part of a delegation of Opposition leaders who went to Srinagar to see the ground reality after the repeal of special status to Jammu and but were not allowed to go outside the airport and were subsequently sent back to the capital.

"I have seen such hospitality for the first time -- first invite, then detain," Sharma said here upon his return from the Valley.

The Congress leader said that the restrictions imposed in Jammu and were posing a "big challenge for Indian democracy."

"People are in pain. No one knows what is happening there," he said.

He said the situation was "bad on the ground" but the government was projecting as if everything is normal. "Such things should not happen in India. Political leaders should be released from house arrest," he demanded.

"There was no reason to stop us (from visiting Srinagar). We are responsible leaders and we had gone there on an invitation," he said.

The delegation comprised senior leaders from Opposition parties including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha, Majeed Memon, Tiruchi Shiva and D Raja.

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First Published: Sun, August 25 2019. 07:46 IST