Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday broke down during a TV interview while accusing Home Minister Amit Shah of lying in parliament on his whereabouts.
Shah had repeatedly told the Lok Sabha that Abdullah had decided to stay in his house willingly. While answering MPs from opposition parties, Shah had mockingly said, “We can’t force him (Abdullah) to come to parliament by holding a gun on his head.” Shah had repeated this statement at least on three occasions during the debate on the abrogation of Article 370, which was subsequently passed in the Lower House of the parliament.
Rejecting Shah’s claims, Abdullah told news channel NDTV that the home minister was lying. He told the reporter, “You saw it yourself. It’s not I who’s saying this. You saw that I was detained in my house and let me tell you that I feel sad that Home Minister can lie like this,”
This was after the NDTV reporter Nazir Masoodi told Abdullah that he had frantically looked for him for an interview on Monday but was not allowed by security personnel deployed at his house.
Abdullah broke down on camera when he shared his feelings on the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, “How do you think one would feel when your body is being carved, the body that stood together in all odds, fought every evil unitedly… They divided regions, will they divide hearts too? Will they divide Hindus and Muslims? I thought my India was for all, everyone who believes in secular, unity.”
Abdullah urged people of Jammu and Kashmir to be with him during his tough time since he and his family had been with them through ‘thick and thin,’ He also hinted that his party may challenge the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir in the court.