Putting full stop to a near three months long political uncertainty and Governor’s rule in Jammu Kashmir, People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti is all set be sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4.
“Mehbooba Mufti sahiba will be sworn in as Chief Minister of J-K on April 4,” said PDP leader Amitabh Mattoo.
Mattoo, who also worked as an adviser to former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, expressed the hope that 56-year-old Mehbooba would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the region.
Presently, Mehbooba Mufti represents the Anantnag constituency in the 16th Lok Sabha, Mufti will have to resign from hel Lok Sabha seat take over the reins of Jammu and Kashmir. She is expected to contest the Anantanag Assembly constituency held by her late father and Former Chief Minister Mufi Mohammad Sayeed.
Official sources making arrangements for the swearing in ceremony said that the date of April 4 for swearing-in ceremony of Mehbooba Mufti and her Council of Ministry was finalized during telephonic conversation between state leaders of the two parties.
Meanwhile, sources in PDP and its alliance partner BJP said they have also conveyed the mutually agreed date for the swearing-in ceremony to state Governor N N Vohra. After the swearing in ceremony, Governor will sign a proclamation ending Governor’s rule in the State.
Earlier on March 26, PDP and BJP had staked claim for government formation two days after Mehbooba was elected as PDP’s legislature party leader.
The PDP-BJP coalition government had fallen on Jan 7 this year following the death of the alliance Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Mufti ran the PDP-BJP government for 10 months from March 1 2015.
Mehbooba had been reluctant to take over as CM of the PDP-BJP coalition government immediately after her fathers death had been seeking assurances from the central government on implementation of Agenda of Alliance, Common Minimum Programme (CMP) framed by the two parties under Mufti Mohammad’s leadership.
Mehbooba also sought some J-K-specific confidence building measures from central government during her deliberations with BJP leaders at state and central level.
However, her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 22 ended the over two-months-long deadlock on government formation in the state. Mehbooba had described her meeting with the PM as positive, saying she was satisfied.
BJP legislative party leader and Former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh is expected to get back his Deputy Chief Minister portfolio on April 4 along with Mehbooba Mufti. Nirmal Singh is a BJP MLA from Billawar constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.