Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday, 6 December, tweeted a letter written to him by National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, who is still being held under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.
In the letter, Abdullah writes that he is in a “sub-jail” and that the letter was not delivered on time. He also wrote “we are not criminals”.
Tharoor, tweeting a response, wrote that:
Letter from imprisoned FarooqSaab. Members of Parliament should be allowed to attend the session as a matter of parliamentary privilege. Otherwise the tool of arrest can be used to muzzle opposition voices. Participation in Parliament is essential 4 democracy&popular sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/xEQ45klWCb— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 5, 2019
Abdullah, along with leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, were detained after the abrogation of J&K special status of Article 370 and on 5 August.
Abdullah said his post was not delivered to him on time, and that this is not how a senior member of the Parliament should be treated.
Release Political Leaders, NC’s Resolution
Earlier on Thursday, 5 December, the National Conference said a call on the future strategy on overall political situation post abrogation of Article 370 provisions would be taken by the party working committee after the release of the leadership from detention.
It added that no party functionary is accredited to dwell upon these issues before that.
On the 114th birth anniversary of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the NC adopted a unanimous resolution urging the Centre to win the hearts and minds of people in Jammu and Kashmir by reaching out to them and understanding their aspirations.
The resolution demanded the release of all political leaders including three former chief ministers.
(With inputs from PTI)
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