J K NEWS TODAY
Jammu, November 1
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh hosted “ Diwali Milan” party on Monday , while the soldiers and civilians were dying on borders and thousands of families uprooted from borders , should have weighed for these celebrations against the backdrop of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s reluctance to host traditional “ At Home” on the Independence- Day this year.
Mehbooba Mufti who had a bad start while unfurling the national tricolor at the Bakshi Stadium , Srinagar , as the flag instead of fluttering had fallen on the ground, was not interested in hosting the I-Day At Home , a tradition associated with the national festival.
Sources told JKNT that Chief Minister had mulled the cancellation of the At Home , citing the unrest following the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani . She shared her perception with some of her colleagues but it was pointed out that the state was no in mourning , hence the At Home cannot be cancelled.
It was after this, that she had reluctantly agreed to host the At Home on August 15 this year.
Nirmal Singh, however, had no qualms about hosting the Diwali Milan party irrespective of the fact that one more soldier and an elderly lady lost life in the Pakistani firing on the Line of Control . On top of it, an official hand out was issued citing the names of his guests, including Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, few BJP ministers and legislators.