On Farooq Abdullah's detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) the Congress party taking Amit Shah to task questioned if the Home Minister was lying on the floor of the Parliament over a statement made by him about Farooq Abdullah's absence on August 6, the day when the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was tabled in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress party recalled Amit Shah's claim inside the Lok Sabha on August 6, wherein the BJP national president had asserted that National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah was neither arrested nor was put under house arrest. However, following the recent development, the Congress party questioning his claims accused Amit Shah of 'severely breaching his privilege.'
Congress said, "When asked in the Parliament, HM made a statement that former CM of J&K was not detained or arrested. Now we are told he is arrested under PSA? Did HM lie on the floor of the house? Isn't it a severe breach of Privilege?"
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal denouncing the government on Tuesday over the detention of Farooq Abdullah questioned whether the step was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko's plea in the Supreme Court seeking a directive that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister be produced before it.
"Now PSA (43 days later). Earlier BJP said 92% of people in J&K welcome dilution of Article 370; that normalcy prevails. Then Amit Shah in Parliament: Farooq Abdullah neither detained nor arrested. If no danger to public safety then, why now? Because Vaiko filed a petition?" the Congress leader said in a tweet.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA on Sunday evening and Republic sources confirmed that the Home Ministry detained the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after declaring his house as a subsidiary jail. While there is no bar to meet his relatives or friends, Farooq Abdullah will continue to stay in his house. As per the provisions, the NC chief could be detained up to two years without a trial.
After Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah was missing from the Lok Sabha on August 6, Amit Shah to Opposition had categorically stated that the NC chief was not on house arrest but sitting at home by his own will and that he cannot be brought on 'gunpoint.'
However, hours later, a furious Farooq Abdullah accused Amit Shah of lying to the media gathered outside his house in Kashmir. The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said that his son (Omar Abdullah) was in jail and that 'this is not the India' that he believes in.
On August 6, the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019 was introduced and passed in the Lower House of the Parliament. Article 370 was abrogated and the state was bifurcated into Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with 370 votes in favour and 70 against the Bill.