Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, becoming the first ever woman chief minister, and heading a coalition government with the BJP in the only Muslim majority state.
PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter, PDP president, the 56 year old Mehbooba took the oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Jammu at 11am. She had earlier telephoned former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah requesting them to attend the swearing in ceremony. “Very gracious of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba, to phone and invite me to her oath taking ceremony.” Omar “Yes, I received a call and I will be going” Farooq Abdullah said and attended the ceremony. Mehbooba is the first woman to head a government in Jammu and Kashmir and the first Muslim woman to become the chief minister of a state in India.
Governor N. N. Vohra had on Saturday invited the PDP president to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state. The PDP-BJP government can expect a smooth run if the two ideologically opposite parties can avoid controversies that dogged their first brush together with power when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the government for 10 months till his death on January 7. The PDP-BJP coalition, which also has Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples’ Conference as a constituent, has 56 MLAs in the 87 member Assembly. The PDP has 27 members while BJP has 25. Peoples’ Conference has two MLAs while two other independents are supporting the coalition.
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