Modi unlikely to attend Mehbooba’s oath ceremony

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With People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti likely to take her oath in the first week of April as the first woman chief minister in Jammu & Kashmir, the swearing-in ceremony is set to be a low key affair.

The state BJP leaders say Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the ceremony. 

“I don’t think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony. He is busy with the Assam elections and there is no information about him being present during the function,” Arun Gupta, BJP state spokesperson said.

The situation was different when the prime minister attended the oath ceremony of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his Cabinet, as it was the first time in history that the BJP was forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir, according to a senior BJP leader.

Leaders’ presence

In March 2015, PM Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, former party president Lal Krishna Advani, Union Ministers Murli Manohar Joshi, Dr Jitendra Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among the various leaders present when Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was sworn-in as the chief minister of the restive state.

However, PDP sources said that the party would possibly send an invite to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The party hopes that PM Modi will find the time to attend the oath ceremony.

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