Tag: Mehbooba Mufti

When Mehabooba Mufti blocked Gautam Gambhir on Twitter

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Mehbooba Mufti and Gautam Gambhir

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.

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Jammu & Kashmir politicians protest 2-day highway ban

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Mehabooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah (Image credit: Twitter)

It may be a routine for the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway to remain closed for months on during winter. But apparently politicians in Jammu and Kashmir cannot tolerate the two-day ban of civilian traffic on the high way to facilitate the movement of security forces.

A few days ago, the state administration announced the decision to ban civilian traffic for two days a week – Wednesday and Sunday – until May 31, with allowance made for emergency cases. The decision came over a month after the Pulwama terrorist attack by a suicide Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist, who rammed his explosive-laden civilian vehicle into the convoy carrying CRPF jawans. As the incident left 40 jawans martyred, questions were raised over the wisdom of letting civilian traffic during the movement of troops.

Now, on the first day of the two-day civilian traffic ban on NH No. 44, People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti accused the central government of suppressing Kashmiris. She asked the people to defy the order and go wherever they want.

“This is our state, these are our roads, we have the right to use them whenever we want,” she said. She also vowed to challenge the order in court.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah too demanded that the ban be withdrawn. His son Omar Abdullah tweeted his “first hand” account of “the extent of disruption & inconvenience” caused by “the mindless highway closure order”.

Incidentally, civilian traffic was not allowed during troop movement on the high way until 2003. The rule was relaxed on the intervention of Mufti Mahmood Syed, father of Mehabooba Mufti, on the pretext of humanitarian touch to the Jammu and Kashmir policy.

Here is a tweet by Mehabooba Mufti: