PDP Names Mehbboba Mufti Chief Ministerial Candidate


Srinagar: Mehbooba Mufti is set to become the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Her party, the PDP, formally elected her its chief ministerial candidate at a meeting today.

The decision comes after a crucial meeting in Srinagar of the party’s legislators this evening.

The party has also unanimously nominated her as the leader in the state legislature, a constitutional requirement before she stakes claim to power.

Ms Mufti, hours ahead of the meeting, had visited her father and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave in the ancestral hometown of Bijbehara in south Kashmir Anantnag district.

Earlier this week, a long-standing impasse with the BJP was ended when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Ms Mufti in Delhi. Ms Mufti had termed as “very positive and good”, triggering speculation that their talks over government formation was back on track following months of impasse.

Ms Mufti’s father, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, died in January as Chief Minister of a coalition government that included the BJP. After his death, Ms Mufti refused to take over, insisting that fundamental terms of the agreement of the alliance were being ignored by the BJP, which denied the charges.