BARAMULLA: The minister of PHE and flood control Sukhnandan Kumar on Saturday, India’s independence day, had to face an embarrassing moment when he raised the ‘Bharat mata ki…’ slogan but no one answered. This happened after the minister unfurled the Indian flag and finished
addressing the gathering at the official event held at district police lines in Baramulla.
After finishing his speech, the minister raised the slogan thrice, but no one – neither the assembled people or school children, government forces, and officers — answered his slogan. After this, the minister actually asked, ‘Yahan koi nahi hai meray siwa jo meray naaray ka jawaab deta’ (is there is no one here apart from me who will respond to my slogan?).
MLA Tangmarg Mohammad Abbas Wani, MLA Rafiabad Yawar Dilawar Mir, MLA Baramulla Javid Hasan Beigh, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, BJP leader Mir Mushtaq and other officers of the district administration, police, CRPF and army were also present on the occasion.
Talking to reporters after the function, the minister said that it was only the second time a BJP leader had unfurled the Indian national flag in Kashmir. In 1992, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had raised the Indian national flag in Lal Chowk, Srinagar, amidst a total shutdown, curfew and severe security.