AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi taking a potshot at the BJP asked the PM Modi-led government to release the '80 lakh Muslims' from the Kashmir valley and allow them to celebrate the abrogation of Article 370.
Addressing an Eid Milap at his party's office on Tuesday night, the AIMIM chief accentuating on the communication blockade said, "No phone works there. Internet is a far-off thing."
"There are about 80 lakh Muslims out there. Today, there is no means of communication. There is no phone connection out there. I have also mentioned this in the Parliament that if the people in Kashmir are happy when you say that there is an environment like Diwali celebrations, then why don't you free them and let them come out of their houses. Let them come out and burst some crackers and celebrate it with you," he added.
The Hyderabad MP said the government's decision to bifurcate the state into Union territories was against the principles of federalism as the state assembly's views should have been taken before implementing such a decision.
Kashmir is a part of India and would remain so, Owaisi added.
The security clampdown has been imposed after the Centre had on August 5 revoked provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to the state and bifurcated it into union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Even as the Government has been continuously emphasizing that situation in Jammu and Kashmir is normal and no untoward incident has occurred since the abrogation of Article 370 and that the abrogation of the Article is for the benefit of the people of the state, there has been a petition from the Congress in the Supreme Court against it. Hearing the plea on Tuesday, the apex Court refrained from intervention in the state and adjourned the plea for two weeks.
Speaking for the government, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta explained that restrictions in the state are being placed reasonably and after consulting the district magistrates, he further said that the restrictions will be lifted one by one. He also informed that it took three months to bring normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir in 2016 and more than 47 persons were killed but this time not a single person lost a life.
(With PTI inputs)