In a deeply embarrassing moment for Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the national tricolor fell off the post as she hoisted it at Bakshi stadium in Srinagar where the main Independence Day function of the state was held. Mehbooba, who was hoisting the national flag as Chief Minister for the first time, pulled the string attached to the post only to see the tricolor fall from the post and land on the ground.
Amid the embarrassing situation, two personnel from the security detail of the Chief Minister held the flag in their hands till Mehbooba gave the ceremonial salute to the flag. As Mehbooba left the stage for inspecting the contingents of the police and paramilitary forces, the security staff at the Bakshi Stadium hurriedly set the flag right and hoisted it atop the post.
Mehbooba Mufti gave her maiden Independence Day as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister in which she asserted that guns wont solve anything. She also said that she hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would complete what Atal Bihari Vajpayee started and solve the problems the state is facing.
Mehbooba made an emotional appeal to the youth indulging in violence, telling them not to be misled by the “vested interests” who want to keep Kashmir burning, and prevent the beautiful valley from turning into another Syria or
Afghanistan. “People of Jammu and Kashmir are not bad, nor is India bad. Somewhere mistakes were made with regard to elections. The leadership of the country – from Jawahar Lal Nehru till date – and the parties, it is their mistake,” she said.