"It is not an inter-community disturbance. In inter-community disturbances flags of a neighbouring country are not flashed... This is an issue of threat to India's sovereignty," Jaitley said in the upper house.

"Things will go back to what it was in 1990 if the situation is not brought in control," Jaitley said.

The BJP leader was detained at Jammu airport on Sunday on his way to Kishtwar and not allowed to visit the clash-hit areas. He criticised the state government for stopping him.

"India is not a banana republic to impose (section) 144 and stop someone from entering the state. Jammu and Kashmir is not some family's property. This is the plight of democracy in the state," he said.

(Agencies)

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