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Farooq Abdullah justifies father’s arrest in 1953 by Nehru

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National Conference patron and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and incumbent parliament member Dr Farooq Abdullah whose unexpected comments usually snowball into a controversy in a shocking revelation at an event in India’s commercial capital Mumbai while justifying his father’s over a decade long incarceration said that he never blamed Jawahar Lal Nehru for this.

Abdullah as per the news agency Kashmir News Trust virtually justified the arrest of National Conference founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah said that Nehru might have arrested him in national interest and he never blamed or talked about this arrest. “Nehru might have a better understanding and he might have known it well why he arrested my father and I never blamed him for his arrest,” Abdullah said while speaking at an event in Mumbai to commemorate birth centenary celebrations of Madhu Dandavate who was an Indian physicist and socialist politician, who served as Minister of Railways in the Morarji Desai ministry, and as Minister of Finance in the V P Singh ministry.

In 1953 the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was arrested from Gulmarg for alleged anti-India activities. Following the dismissal of Sheikh Abdullah, his associate Mirza Afzal Beigh formed the Plebiscite Front on 9 August 1955 demanding a plebiscite to decide the accession of Jammu and Kashmir and the unconditional release of Sheikh Abdullah.

National Conference stalwarts frequently blame Nehru for his arrest and term it as ‘undemocratic and unconstitutional’.

It’s probably the first time that Dr Farooq Abdullah has justified his father’s arrest at the hands of India’s first Prime Minister in 1953.

Abdullah at the event which was graced by top-notched politicians showered a heap of praises on Nehru and Indira Gandhi calling them the architects of modern India.

He said the contributions of Nehru and Indira are being ignored and more stress is laid on religion and regionalism which according to him is not in the interest of developing India. [KNT]

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