Mehbooba set to become first woman CM of J&K

JAMMU/NEW DELHI (TIP): Mehbooba Mufti was unanimously elected as PDP legislature party leader, with a senior leader saying that she is the PDP nominee for the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister’s post.

The 56-year-old PDP President was elected the leader of the legislature party at a meeting of PDP MLAs, MLCs and MPs at her residence in high-security Gupkar this evening.

Mehbooba is PDP’s nominee for the Chief Minister’s post, said senior party leader Muzaffar Baig after the meeting.

Mehbooba thanked the party legislators for showing faith in her leadership and electing her as the legislature party leader.

She also thanked PDP leaders and workers for their support to her during the nearly three-month-long stalemate over government formation in the state.

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“Mehbooba Mufti is nothing without your support. I thank you for your support over the last three months,” she said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs met in Srinagar today to take the final call regarding the formation of a new government in the state.

The meeting was to deliberate upon the continuance of the PDP’s alliance with BJP following party Chief Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Soon after the meeting, Mufti had said that she would take a final decision regarding the government formation and PDP-BJP alliance after consulting her party MLAs in the legislature meeting.

Describing her meeting with the Prime Minister as positive, the PDP Chief had had expressed satisfaction about its outcome.

“I am satisfied after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was a very positive meeting. A stalemate was going on for a long time. A final call will be taken after the legislature meet on Thursday,” Mehbooba told the media here.

Mufti met Prime Minister Modi at the 7 Race Course Road in a last ditch effort to renew a partnership between the PDP and the BJP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlierb BJP said it was committed to the implementation of already agreed Agenda of Alliance. PDP is yet to come up with the reaction to the allegations of opposition parties.

State Governor NN Vohra has called separate meetings with PDP Chief and BJP State Unit President tomorrow.

Meanwhile BJP has clarified that it has not accepted any new condition from PDP for the formation of a new government in the state.

Talking to media persons in New Delhi, party General Secretary Ram Madhav said during her meeting with the Prime Minister thePDP Chief did not raise any demand.

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