Mehbooba Mufti set to be next CM of IHK

08 Jan, 2016 11:06 am

SRINAGAR (92 News) – Following the death of Indian-held Kashmir’s Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who crafted the PDP-BJP coalition in the state after the 2014 Assembly elections, the PDP elected his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, party chief, as his successor as chief minister.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday urged the governor to let Mehbooba Mufti become the 13th and the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. She will be sworn in shortly as the first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior PDP leaders Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Altaf Bukhari yesterday submitted a letter to Governor NN Vohra nominating Mehbooba Mufti as the leader of their legislature party — which would entitle her to assume charge as the new chief minister of the BJP-PDP coalition government. After taking the oath of office, Mehbooba Mufti will have to prove her majority on the floor of the 87-member Assembly.

The Mufti, whose body was flown from New Delhi to Srinagar in a special IAF aircraft earlier in the day, was laid to rest at Bijbehara, his hometown in the Valley 45 km from Srinagar, with full state honors on Thursday evening.

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