Political parties lock offices, suspend activities
Srinagar, Mar 21: Political parties
have locked offices and suspended their political activities to prevent the
spread of deadly coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.
For the last three days, the administration
has imposed restrictions in different parts of the valley after a Saudi Arabia
returned woman tested positive for COVID 19.
All the major political parties including
National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Congress have locked
their offices in Srinagar and Jammu. They have also canceled their workers’
meet and other activities scheduled from March 18 to 31.
National Conference said the party has gone
into a self -isolation mode after canceling all the events till March 31. “We
have locked down our party office Nawah-e- Subeh. Direction has also been to
our workers that they shouldn’t visit the office till the impact of coronavirus
subsides,” said NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar.
Dar said even the party president Farooq
Abdullah has decided not to meet visitors in view of coronavirus threat. “So
many people have been visiting the residence of Dr. Farooq Abdullah ever since
he was released. Now he too has
suspended any interaction with the visitors,” he said.
PDP too has locked its offices both in
Jammu and Srinagar. PDP spokesperson
Firdous Tak said the party will discharge their duties to create awareness
among the people.
“Our party has not carried out any major
activity since the abrogation of article 370. Now some workers’ meetings were
scheduled to be held. However, they have been suspended in view of coronavirus
scare. Both of our offices in Srinagar and Jammu have been locked down,” he said.
Congress party has also joined the chorus
and stopped all its programmes scheduled for the next two weeks.
“Under current circumstances, it is better
to remain indoors. We have suspended our programmes,” said a senior Congress
Newly formed Apni Party led by Altaf
Bukhari has also postponed a programme of launching the Jammu chapter of his