Amit Shah Says, "I'm Not A Doctor," After Question About Farooq Abdullah

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Amit Shah Says, "I'm Not A Doctor," After Question About Farooq Abdullah 

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah says that Farooq Abdullah the patriarch of National Conference has neither been detained nor arrested, amid opposition demands for the release of Kashmir Valley's mainstream leaders who had been kept in confinement since Sunday evening. 

The 81 year old National Conference leader, Farooq Abdullah, has not been present in the house since Monday, when the government announced that the special status of the state has ended and that it would be bifurcated into two union territories.

Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule, during the debate of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill in the Lok Sabha, had pointed out the veteran leader's absence, saying, "Farooq Abdullah sits next to me and today he is not there".

It was DMK's Dayanidhi Maran, who first raised the issue of Mr Abdullah's absence. Mr Maran had said, "Farooq Abdullah, a member of this House, is missing. He is arrested and we have no intimation. You as a Speaker should protect the members. You should be neutral."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah  shot back back at Ms Sule's comment and said that "He has neither been detained nor arrested. He is at home by his own will."

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When Supriya Sule responded, saying Mr Abdullah has been unwell, Mr Shah said, "I'm not a doctor".

Earlier today, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also cited the issue of arrests of the political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I have no information about Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti," she said. "I appeal to the government that they should not feel isolated. They are not terrorists. They should be released in the interest of the democratic institutions," added the Trinamool chief, whose party has vehemently opposed the government's move on Kashmir.

Congress's Rahul Gandhi tweeted:

The prominent leaders of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were formally arrested yesterday. Mehbooba Mufti was taken from her home in Srinagar to a nearby government guest house.

The preventive arrest of Kashmir Valley's mainstream leaders came ahead of the government's move to end special status for the state and bifurcate it into two Union Territories. Amid a huge security build-up the government has also effected a clampdown on internet and phone services in parts of Jammu and Kashmir. All public meetings and rallies have also been banned.

Omar Abdullah has indicated that his party might challenge the government's move in court.

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