Kolkata: Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister was seen talking on phone while National Anthem was been played at Mamta Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony in Kolkata on Friday.
In the nearly-one minute video doing the rounds on microblogging site Twitter, Mr Abdullah is seen with the phone clutched to his ear while the national anthem is on, in sharp contrast to Ms Banerjee and her elected ministers standing in attention.
"How patriot and nationalist Farooq Abdullah can afford to insult the nation and anthem like this," said one of the responses on Twitter.
Seated next to him was RJD leader Lalu Prasad, when State chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee requested all to stand up for the National Anthem at the grand ceremony at Kolkata's Red Road which was also attended by chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Nitish Kumar and Akhilesh Yadav.
Earlier this week, an Indian Army officer asked two journalists to leave an event because they "did not stand up when the Indian national anthem was played and the Indian flag was unfurled".