Mehbooba Mufti Takes Over As CM


Jammu: Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Peoples Democratic Party, took the oath as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, thereby ending 11 weeks of political uncertainty. Twenty three ministers were sworn in alongside Ms. Mufti.

A leader with grassroots-level popularity, Mehbooba Mufti turned Peoples Democratic Party into a regional force and emerged from the shadow of her illustrious father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to head Jammu and Kashmir, the first woman Chief Minister of the state.

A law graduate, 56-year-old Ms. Mufti took a plunge into mainstream politics of the state in 1996 by joining Congress, along with her father, at a time when militancy was at its peak.

She is credited with growth of the PDP with some observers arguing that she outshone her father in connecting with the common people, especially the youths. She was also accused of playing the soft-separatist card.

PDP chose the green colour for the party flag and adopted Pen-Inkpot election symbol of the Muslim United Front (MUF) of 1987, but these moves found some resonances on the ground among the Kashmir residents.

Heading a PDP-BJP government formed with an alliance between two ideological extremes, Ms. Mufti faces a challenging task ahead as she will strive to carry forward her father’s ’healing touch’ legacy.

A mother of two daughters, she assumed an image of a fiery leader and won her first Assembly election as a Congress candidate from her home segment of Bijbehara.

She then played a key role in her father’s victory as Congress candidate in Lok Sabha elections of 1998 when he defeated National Conference’s Mohammad Yousuf Taing from south Kashmir.

As Sayeed felt an urge to do something for return of peace to Kashmir, Ms. Mufti was by his side and the father-daughter duo floated their regional party — the PDP — in 1999.

They took along some leaders disgruntled with National Conference and many from Congress, a party where Mr. Sayeed spent most of his six-decade political career.

From there, Ms. Mufti took on the responsibility of building the new party. In the 2002 Assembly polls, termed as watershed in the state, PDP bagged 16 seats — most of them from south where Ms. Mufti had extensively campaigned and consolidated the support for her party and her father was sworn—in as the chief minister with the support of his former party Congress.

Two years later, Ms. Mufti contested Parliamentary polls from south Kashmir and won her first Lok Sabha election. She contested Lok Sabha elections from Srinagar in 1999 but was defeated by her bête noire Omar Abdullah.

J & K slipped into the governor’s rule immediately after sitting Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s demise on January 7. The PDP-BJP stalemate ended only after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ms. Mufti on March 23.


Cabinet Structure

Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister

Nirmal Singh, Deputy Chief Minister

Cabinet Ministers

Abdul Rehman Veeri (PDP)

Ghulam Nabi Lone(PDP)

Abdul Haq Khan(PDP)

Basharat Bukhari(PDP)

Haseeb Drabu(PDP)

Chowdhury Zulfikar Ali(PDP)

Nayeem Akhtar(PDP)

Imran Ansari(PDP)

Chander Prakash (BJP)

Bali Baghat(BJP)

Lal Singh(BJP)

Sajjad Lone(BJP)

Chering Dorje(BJP)

Abdul Gani Kohli(BJP)

Shyam Lal Chowdhury(BJP)

Ministers of State:

Ayesha Naqash(PDP)

Zahoor Mir(PDP)

Farooq Andrabi(PDP)

Sunil Kumar Sharma(BJP)

Priya Sethi(BJP)

Ajay Nanda(BJP)

Dropped from earlier cabinet

Syed Altaf Bhukari(PDP)

Javed Mustafa(PDP)

Mohammed Ashraf Mir (MoS) (PDP)

Abdul Majid Paddar (MoS) (PDP)

Choudhary Sukhandan(BJP)

Pawan Gupta(BJP)


Vohra invokes Sec 92 to end Governor rule

 Governor N. N. Vohra issued a Proclamation today to revoke the earlier Proclamation which was issued by him on 9th January 2016 to enforce Governor’s Rule in the State. 

The latter Proclamation was issued in exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, whereby he had assumed all the functions of the Government of the State.

 According to the Raj Bhavan Spokesperson, the Proclamation issued by the Governor today brought to an end the period of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir which had commenced with effect from 8th January, 2016.

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