Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and singer Adnan Sami got into a verbal feud on Twitter over the latter’s musical concert in Srinagar.
The spat began when Omar re-tweeted a journalist’s tweet about “empty seats” at the concert “past the scheduled start time. PR disaster for JK govt led by @MehboobaMufti.”
Omar said the “empty seats & delayed start are showing Kashmir for what it is – empty hotels, poor governance & general public despondency.”
“Why couldn’t it have just been about the music? Why did the Home Ministry have to make it about propaganda?” Omar said in another tweet, referring to Union Minister Kiren Rijju’s statement that the concert was an “effort” of the J&k government and Home Ministry to “make sure that Kashmir is seen as it is.”
However, Sami took umbrage and tweeted: “Bro ur a former CM..U shouldn’t be so unnerved by a music concert. U obviously have bad sources who lie 2 U – HERE are d photos!! #GrowUp”
Abdullah asked Sami what made him think he was ‘unnerved’. “How does hoping you have a houseful suggest I’m unnerved? I’m glad people got to enjoy an evening of music. I used to like yours at one time,” he wrote. To which, Sami replied. “Oh please Omar! U retweeting ppls photos like a sadistic sore loser speaks volumes of ur lack of stature & pettiness. Up ur game- Its music!”
Adnan Sami replied by tweeting pictures to prove that the concert was “packed.”
Sami’s concert on Saturday at SKICC Srinagar was jointly organised by the Union Home Ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir government to “promote tourism and Kashmir’s cultre.”