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.
On Rajnath Singh’s advise, BJP legislators held a meeting at Hari Niwas guesthouse on and decided to unanimously support Mufti’s nomination as Chief Minister.
Later, according to sources, PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Governor Narendra Nath Vohra met briefly at Srinagar airport. They were, sources said, unanimous that Governor’s rule would have to be imposed in case the new Chief Minister could not be sworn in by 4.00 pm Friday.
Mehbooba Mufti is presently a member of the Lok Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. As per constitutional norms, she will have to either get elected to the Assembly within six months or get nominated to the legislative council within the same period.
Once sworn in, she would be the first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir.