Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn as first woman chief minister of J&K after Holi


PDP president Mehbooba Mufti met BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday and discussed points on which she wants assurance  for the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ before formation of Government in Jammu and Kashmir .According to sources, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti is expected to be sworn as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir this month end.

The details of what transpired between the two were still unknown but speculation was there that  a resolution is being worked out to form the government as BJP’s Amit Shah  and Mehbooba met for the first  time  after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.

Former finance minister Haseeb Drabu, the main architect of the coalition  during Sayeed’s time, is also understood to have been doing the ground work for bringing together PDP which has 27 MLAs and BJP’s 25 MLAs in the 87-member state assembly.

The sources said consultations with some of the ministries have been undertaken and the state may soon witness the end of governor’s rule which came into force from January 8 this year after Mehbooba decided against taking over the reins after her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s death.

The PDP president, who was in the national capital to attend budget session of Lok Sabha, met Amit Shah this evening. The meeting lasted over half an hour .Mehbooba made her stand clear to Amit Shah. Now PDP  is watching BJP’s response to her demands.

BJP has agreed to announce some key developmental projects for Jammu and Kashmir, including some financial package over and above the Modi’s Rs 80,000 crore package.

“Prime Minister has announced special package for J&K. We want that the three regions of the J&K are developed very fast,” Arun Jaitley said in reply to debate on Budget in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Mehbooba had said last month that before taking a call on continuing the alliance, she wants to “reassess” whether the Narendra Modi government would take substantive steps within a ‘set time-frame’ to address the “core” political and economic issues of the state.

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