Chaos prevailed at launch function of Bharat International Travel Bazaar in Delhi attended by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti when Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra asked her if she considered Burhan Wani and Afzal Guru as terrorists or not, inviting protests from her entourage.
Mishra left the venue, saying he does not want to share the dais with her after he was forced to stop his address following strong protests from some in the audience and officials accompanying Mufti.
He asked how tourism can increase in a state with terrorism
Terrorism & tourism cant go together. Mahesh Sharma said Kashmir is our pride, but terrorists are treated as tourists there: Kapil Mishra— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
We can fight Pak, but how do we fight with people who give shelter to terrorists in J&K?: Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra pic.twitter.com/JL2gxbvsZO— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
It cant be that you dont accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase: Kapil Mishra to Mehbooba Mufti amidst uproar pic.twitter.com/bpQUqi2HK9— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
Responding to Mishra's charge, she said, "Of all the places in the country, girls and women are the safest in Kashmir. They cannot be raped in a moving car. They move around in shikaras and houseboats." "Kashmir needs you, I don't know whether you need us," she added.
Delhi: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti breaks down after hearing her father's voice in a video clip on Kashmir tourism. pic.twitter.com/reHCyspxTu— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
Any place in the world, including Delhi, women are safest in my Kashmir. Thats the biggest thing my state can offer: Mehbooba Mufti, J&K CM pic.twitter.com/ephpO42NAU— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
She went a step ahead and invited people to visit Kashmir.
Biggest confidence building measure is if you visit our state, it shows that you trust us: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti pic.twitter.com/L8M6wuOcsV— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
Humare mulk ke log kitne achche hain, Kashmir ke log kitne achche hain: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti pic.twitter.com/Hi7157T3q8— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
She said the state needs everyone's support.
We need you, I dont know if you need Kashmir or not, but Kashmir needs you: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti pic.twitter.com/ZuwdTfQLFz— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
Haalat to aapne isse bhi kharaab dekhe hai; lekin aaiye aur Kashmir ki shaanti mei invest kijiye: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti pic.twitter.com/yKAhqlrnPj— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
Many took to Twitter to slam the AAP minister and applauded Mufti for her reply
KapilMishra's retort was not only misdirected, but also totally misfit for the ocassion !! https://t.co/x4NIydaRPm— Extreme Nationalist (@band318) October 4, 2016
AAP and its leaders like Kapil Mishra is a serious threat to peace and development in India. https://t.co/Cwjik5VsEj— रवि कांत (@LegalKant) October 4, 2016
Desperation of AAP shows the realization that Punjab is gone. Hence all are out attacking all & sundry like mad dogs.#KapilMishra— Mahesh Jagga (@MaheshJagga) October 4, 2016
Women are safest in my Kashmir.That is the biggest thing my state can offer:J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti hits back at Kapil MishraApplaud👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/9qum9u13Dw— Sir Rohit Sharma (@imRo450) October 4, 2016
Moron Kapil Mishra never Criticised Kejri for him supporting those who celebrated Afzal Guru, now doing cheap stunts.— Arun Gokul (@arungokulvs) October 4, 2016
"Kapil Mishra"AAP one hand supports ishrat jahan and then questions mehbooba mufti.Sick mind of anarchists.— Kafir is King (@deshbhakthoon) October 4, 2016
Only fools & Arrogant like Kapil Mishra will drag serious issues like K to a meeting on Tourism.This is dirty politics, evn by AAP standard— Arun Gokul (@arungokulvs) October 4, 2016
ArvindKejriwal, Kapil Mishra of AAP r ensuring with their immature behaviour that they will suffer in coming elections. #Good— AdwaitanWay (@AdwaitanWay) October 4, 2016
(With inputs from PTI)
(Feature image source: PTI| Twitter/@ANI)