A concerned opposition in the Lok Sabha sought to know the whereabouts of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and MP from the same state Farooq Abdullah, who has not been attending the session. Later, he was seen walking out of his house and addressing the press.
Bengaluru: As members of Lok Sabha continue to debate and discuss the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, the issue of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah not being in the House (Lok Sabha) and being house arrested came up.
Dayanidhi Maran, a DMK MP rose and shouted, “Farooq Abdullah, a member of this House is missing. He is arrested and we have no information. You as a Speaker must protect us. You should be neutral.”
Another MP Supriya Sule, from NCP informed the Speaker about the absence of the Kashmir leader who sits next to her in the House.
She said, “Farooq Abdullah sits next to me, but today he is not there.”
To this, Union home minister Amit Shah said, "He has neither been detained nor arrested. He is at home by his own will. I'm not a doctor."
Later in the day, visuals of Farooq Abdullah coming out his house were beamed across news channels. Speaking to news channels, he said, “I have a problem of blood pressure and heart. Whatever the (Union) home minister says is totally baseless. I was not allowed to leave, no one was allowed to visit me. A DSP (deputy superintendent of police) was posted outside my house.”
On August 5, 2019, home minister Amit Shah moved a resolution for the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A. While the President has assented it, the Parliament has to ratify it. The resolution was put to vote in Rajya Sabha and was easily passed, along with the bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir.
It will be put to vote in Lok Sabha later this evening. As it enjoys a robust majority, BJP will easily cakewalk to victory as a disgruntled opposition sees no hope whatsoever.
That completes the whole integration process of Jammu and Kashmir with India.
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Last Updated Aug 6, 2019, 4:53 PM IST