PDP clears all decks, picks Mehbooba Mufti for J&K CM

Mehbooba was elected as the leader of PDP yesterday and will now need a letter of support from BJP to become J&K’s first woman chief minister

Srinagar: Decks were yesterday cleared for PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to take over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after she was unanimously elected as the legislature party leader and nominated as the party’s CM candidate.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti addressing the legislature party meeting in which she was elected chief ministerial candidate and Legislature party leader. Pic/PTI
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti addressing the legislature party meeting in which she was elected chief ministerial candidate and Legislature party leader. Pic/PTI

56-year-old Mehbooba was elected as the leader of PDP Legislature Party at a meeting of the senior leaders, which included MPs, MLAs and MLCs, at her residence here. PDP will now need a letter of support from BJP — seen as a mere formality — to become the first woman chief minister of the state.

“A meeting of all the senior leaders of PDP was held. During the meeting, the legislators of the party decided that Mehbooba Mufti should be the leader of the legislature party and should be nominated as a candidate for the post of chief minister of the state,” senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig told reporters after the one-and-a-half-hour long meeting.

Mehbooba thanked the party legislators for showing faith in her leadership and electing her as the legislature party leader. She also thanked PDP leaders and workers for their support to her during the nearly three-month-long stalemate over government formation, “Mehbooba Mufti is nothing without your support. I thank you for your support over the last three months,” she said.

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Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav, who is also its Jammu and Kashmir affairs in charge, will hold talks with party legislators on Friday over possible government formation with the PDP in the state. After the talks, state BJP president Sat Pal Sharma is scheduled to meet Governor NN Vohra.

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