All hail queen Mehbooba Mufti
PDP president becomes first woman Chief Minister of J&K; BJP betters its berth tally
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir got its first woman chief minister yesterday in PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, who was sworn in along with 22 ministers, with an increased strength for BJP in the Cabinet.
J&K Governor NN Vohra congratulates Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after her swearing-in in Jammu yesterday. Pic/PTI
Dressed in green, she took the oath of office and secrecy in Urdu followed by BJP's Nirmal Singh, who will again be the Deputy Chief Minister in the new PDP-BJP government, formed three months after the state was put under Governor's rule following the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Governor NN Vohra also administered the oath to 21 other Ministers. BJP's share increased this time in the Cabinet from six to eight berths and three Ministers of State (MoS) while PDP has nine Cabinet Ministers instead of 11 last time. Mehbooba's party has got three MoS berths, same as the last time.
Meanwhile, slamming the newly appointed CM for not bringing in new faces in the council of ministers, MP and senior PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra yesterday boycotted Mufti's swearing-in ceremony. "I have boycotted the swearing-in ceremony. During the discussion on finalisation of council of ministers, I had certain reservations (over the induction of three PDP MLAs: Altaf Bukhari, Naeem Akhter and Haseeb Drabu)", he said.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah yesterday questioned the decision not to allow most of the electronic media organisations to cover the swearing-in live, calling it an 'unprecedented gag order'. "Apparently only the OB vans of DD & @ANI_news will be allowed to cover the swearing in ceremony of @mehbooba_mufti. Unprecedented gag order," Omar tweeted.