Will Mehbooba chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', AAP minister asks BJP

New Delhi: Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Friday sought to know from the BJP if PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti will chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' before taking oath as the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.

Kapil Mishra. Pic/AFPKapil Mishra. Pic/AFP

Both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Delhi government distanced themselves from the minister's statement. Calling the BJP and PDP alliance as anti-national, Mishra, in a letter addressed to BJP national president Amit Shah, advised him to take the people into confidence before going ahead with such an alliance.

"Does Mehbooba Mufti believe in saying 'Bharat Mata ki Jai?' If not, will BJP still form government with her party? Before taking oath as CM, would she (Mufti) raise slogans which say Afzal Guru was a terrorist and 'Afzal Guru Murdabad'?" asked Mishra.

The AAP and the Delhi government, however, distanced themselves from the minister's statement. "It is the minister's personal opinion and not the party's stand," AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said.

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