New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah is neither detained nor under house arrest and stressed that he cannot be brought to the House at gunpoint.
'Woh Mauj-mati mein hai (he is hale and hearty),' he said in the Lok Sabha responding to repeated queries from members on the whereabouts of Mr Abdullah. 'Neither he is detained nor he is under house arrest. He is in his own house with his own will,' Mr Shah said when the issue was raised by Shashi Tharoor of Congress, Supriya Sule of NCP and DMK members T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran at frequent intervals. Mr Shah said if he does not come, the government cannot force him to do so. 'Unko nahi aana hai hai toh, gun kanpatti par rakh kar toh nahi la sakte'. Earlier, during the debate on Statutory Resolution on Article 370 vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir and other relevant draft laws, Mr Baalu raised the issue and said an atmosphere of undeclared emergency prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir and top state leaders have been arrested and no body knew where they are. "Where is my friend Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is a member of the House?," Mr Baalu asked adding the Home Minister (Amit Shah) is here and the House has right to know about it. His party colleague Dayanidhi Maran raised the issue again and read from a rule book to strengthen his argument demanded to know where was Farooq Abdullah. Mr Baalu also wanted to know where PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was and said no body is sure whether she too has been arrested. According to reports in a section of the media two former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were kept under house arrest since Sunday last. People's Conference chairman and former BJP ally, Sajjad Lone too was taken into custody later. UNI