Article 370 Scrapped: Farooq Abdullah Accuses Amit Shah Of 'lying' Over His Arrest In J&K, Says "my Son Is In Jail"

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A disgruntled Farooq Abdullah spoke to the media a day after Centre abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

A disgruntled Farooq Abdullah spoke to the media a day after Centre abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, asserting that the Home Minister Amit Shah is lying in the Parliament.  

Fuming, the NC chief said that this is not the 'India he believes in,' and added that his son, NC vice president Omar Abdullah has been arrested. 

He said, "This is not India that I believe in, my India is a democratic, secular India for all. Whatever your religion, region. It is totally undemocratic. I don't believe in their fun. I think its all fake. After 70 years they have stabbed people of the state. As soon my people will be out, we will fight, go to the Court. We are not grenade throwers, stone throwers, we believe in a peaceful resolution." 

"My son is in jail. And I don't know how many more poor people will be in jail. I think this is the price we need to pay to make India democratic. Home Minister is lying in the Parliament that I'm not house-arrested, that I am staying inside my house at my own will. Why would I stay inside my house on my own will when my state is being burnt, when my people are being executed in jails? This is not the India I believe in," he added. 

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Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha earlier on Monday claimed that Farooq Abdullah was not under house arrest but is enjoying at home and that if he does not want to come, he cannot be brought to the Parliament on 'gunpoint.'

He said, "I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum." (he is enjoying, if he doesn't want to come, we can't bring him on gunpoint)

Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put on house arrest on Sunday night, later the PDP chief was arrested and taken to a government guest house in Srinagar on Monday after she tried to leave her residence despite orders. 

Along with them, J&K People's Conference chief chairman Sajad Lone, along with Imran Ansari were taken into custody on Monday evening.

Rahul Gandhi protested the arrest of mainstream politicians former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti at 'secret locations'

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In a tweet, he called the move to arrest of NC leader, PDP chief and JKPC's Sajad Lone as 'unconstitutional and undemocratic.' Demanding their release, the former Congress president opined how this 'short-sighted and foolish' move will allow terrorists to fill the 'leadership vacuum' created by the Centre. 

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