Farooq Abdullah apologises for cellphone debacle

Kolkata: A day after sparking controversy by answering a phone call during the national anthem, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday apologised for his mistake and said that it was an important call he could not ignore.

"I had received a call from abroad. My relative is unwell. Even though I took the call, I was at least standing when the national anthem was played," Farooq Abdullah told reporters. "If you think I’ve hurt anyone’s sentiments, then I apologise," he added.

The apology came after he was caught on camera talking on his mobile phone during Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, the BJP jumped at chance and attacked the NC leader, asking “if he was talking to separatists to figure out their national anthem.

"If you can disrespect Jana Gana Mana, you disrespect our great country as well," BJP leader Shaina NC said.

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