Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti recently blocked cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Twitter. But he literally celebrated it as his tweet in response created a frenzy on the social media platform.
“Most welcome @MehboobaMufti Ma’am, happy to be blocked by a callous individual. By the way, at the time of writing this tweet there are 1,365,386,456 Indians. How will you block them?”
It received 2.8k, mostly positive replies, 15k re-tweets and 60k likes. After all, Gautam Gambhir has over 9 million Twitter followers.
It all started with venomous tweet by the PDP president in connection with the BJP’s promise of scrapping of Article 370.
The Article has provided a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and discriminatory rights to the state’s permanent residents under Article 35A attached to it. The BJP’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 promises to do away with both. However, this promise has riled politicians from the Valley. They issued angry statements saying the day Article 370 was scrapped, Jammu and Kashmir would be no more a part of India.
Subsequently a PIL was filed in Delhi High Court seeking a ban on NC president Farooq Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti from Lok Sabha elections. Tagging this news, Mahbooba Mufti on April 8 tweeted:
“Why waste time in court. Wait for BJP to scrap Article 370. It will automatically debar us from fighting elections since Indian constitution won’t be applicable to J&K anymore. Na samjho gay tou mit jaouge aye Hindustan walo. Tumhari dastaan tak bhi na hogi dastaano main. (If they don’t understand this they will disappear and their story will be ended).
Gautam Gambhir was the first to reply to her. “This is India, not a blot like you to disappear,” he tweeted in Hindi. His tweet drew 1.7k replies, 13k retweet and 40k likes.
Mehbooba Mufti, then, responded, “Hope ur political innings in BJP isnt as abysmal as ur cricket career!” opening a floodgate of replies, in support of Gambhir.
To this, Gambhir responded with “Oh! So you have unblocked my twitter handle! U needed 10 hours to respond to my tweet and come up with such a pedestrian analogy!!! Too slow. It shows the lack of depth in ur personality. No wonder you guys have struggled to solve the issues at hand.”
Even this was re-tweeted thousands of times and finally, Mahbooba Mufti blocked his handle with this statement: “I worry for your mental health. Am used to people trolling but this level of stalking is unhealthy. Id imagine most people sleep at night. Better to 🤐 since you dont know anything about kashmir . Here blocking you now so u can do the 2 rupee per tweet trolling somewhere else”.
Gautam Gambhir has recently joined the BJP. But has been engaged in social work in recent years. Recently he pledged support to educate the children of CRPF jawans martyred in Pulwama terrorist attack.