Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has remained steadfast about not apologising for or even mentioning the shocking disrespect that was shown to the National Anthem at her Iftar party on June 7.
Rather than speaking about the incident where guests invited by Mufti at an event where even Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present remained seated when the National Anthem started playing, the J&K CM has instead talked about holding conciliatory talks with separatists and other groups.
She called the statement given by the Home Minister, where he said that India is open to discussions with right-minded groups to ensure the return of normalcy in the state, a 'golden opportunity' that they must seize on.
Earlier, visuals accessed by Republic TV had shown that while the dignitaries, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mehbooba Mufti and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah, were on the stage at the event, a number of the guests refused to stand when the National Anthem played.
The event was held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar near the iconic Dal Lake.
The Home Minister had visited India's north-most state amid a Ramzan ceasefire in terms of anti-terror operations, but also at a time when Pakistan has been resorting to daily unprovoked ceasefire violations, targeting civilians and security forces alike.
(Watch what Mehbooba Mufti had to say in the video above. Refresh if it doesn't play at first)