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Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Friday

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To avert constitutional crisis,PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti is set to take oath on Friday afternoon as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir .

Mehbooba  has become the country’s first Muslim woman chief minister.The BJP has decided to support Mehbooba Mufti to succeed her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who passed away on Thursday, on the CM’s chair. Mehbooba is likely to take charge as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister later today after Home Minister Rajnath Singh advised BJP lawmakers in the state to back her.

“Mehbooba ji is our choice. BJP is on board over this decision. We expect oath to happen anytime now,” PDP leader Rafi Mir said.

Mehbooba  is taing oath today because as per  Jammu and Kashmir constitution Governor’s Rule will be  imposed immediately in case a chief minister dies as the chief minister’s post cannot be kept vacant. While in states President’s rule is imposed .

She will resign from the Lok Sabha, where she represents south Kashmir and would have the option of becoming a member of either House of J&K legislature in six months of her taking oath as Chief Minister.

There is complete consensus within the Bharatiya Janata party to extend  support to 56-year-old Mehbooba, a mother of two daughters,for the chief ministerial post
In 2014 elections,the PDP had won 28 of Jammu and Kashmir’s 87 seats, dominating the Kashmir Valley while BJP won  25 seats The National Conference has 15 seats and the Congress 12.
 
BJP-PDP coalition government has already announced that it would hold elections to Municipalities in March and Panchayats in May-June 2016.Senior PDP senior leader and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar agreed that there is complete consensus in the party on Mehbooba Mufti becoming the chief minister.

 

Mehbooba Mufti made her debut in politics in 1996 when she contested and won her first Assembly election as Congress candidate from her home segment of Bijbehara where her father Mufti Mohammad had repeatedly lost all of his elections to National Conference.

Mehbooba Mufti is the vice president of the PDP and won a seat in the state assembly elections September-October from Pahalgam constituency.
Mehbooba Mufti was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha (2004-2009), representing the Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.  In 2014, Mehbooba was again returned as Lok Sabha member from south Kashmir.

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Barricades to open on Jan 26 as police allow Tractor Rally

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The Delhi Police on Sunday said that after several round of talks with the farmers groups, it has permitted the tractor rally inside Delhi on January 26.

Police has said that the barricades would be lifted at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders on January 26 after the Republic Day parade is over and the farmers would be allowed to enter upto 100 kilometers within Delhi with their tractors in a circular path on the routes discussed with the farmers.

The route specified is from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana to Auchadi. From Tikri border, it will be to Nangloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda, Dhansa, Badli and the KMP and from Gazipur border to Apsara border to Hapur Road.

“We have told the farmers that the rally would start once the Republic Day parade is over. We expect with the cooperation of the farmers the rally would be peaceful,” Special Commissioner of Police, Intelligence, Deependra Pathak, said.

However, the police said that they are on alert after intelligence inputs that various Twitter handles operating from across the border are active to disrupt the rally on January 26.

“According to our intelligence input, 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the rally to create disturbance. We are also concerned about the security of the rally given the threat perception,” he added.

Meanwhile, several batches of farmers from Punjab and Haryana set out on their tractor-trolleys and other vehicles to take part in the proposed tractor rally on January 26 in the national capital. Tractor-trolleys have now become a common sight at the Singhu border as the farmers have started bringing in the tractors to the protest site from villages in Punjab for the proposed rally.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been protesting at multiple border points of Delhi at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders since November-end. They are demanding a repeal of the three central farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year.

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Soldier injured in Pak ceasefire violation succumbs

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An Army soldier injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control in J&K’s Rajouri district, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

An Indian Army statement said, “Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC in Sunderbani sector of J&K on January 18 which was responded to strongly by our own troops.”

“In the incident, Naik Nishant Sharma of 10 JAK RIF was critically injured and was under treatment at the command hospital.

“Today the soldier succumbed to injuries. Naik Nishant Sharma was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”

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CBI arrests labour official in TN in bribery case

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 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Sunday that it had arrested a Regional Labour Commissioner on the charge of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000.

P Sivarajan, posted as Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) in Madurai, was held along with a private person N Murali after the CBI laid a trap on Saturday and caught them with the bribe amount.

A case was registered after a complaint that Sivarajan was demanding undue advantage from Murali, representing a private company, for issuing labour licence.

Searches were conducted at five places in Chennai and Madurai (Tamil Nadu), including the residence and offices of the accused, said the CBI.

Both the accused were produced in the court of Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Chennai, and remanded to judicial custody till February 4.

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