Srinagar/Jammu: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be sworn in today as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, also becoming the first-ever Muslim woman Chief Minister, heading a coalition government with BJP in the only Muslim-majority state.
The 56-year-old leader, daughter of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, will take oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Jammu today at 11.00 am.
Mehbooba Mufti assuming office will be a landmark event in the history of Jammu and Kashmir as well as rest of the country.
Governor NN Vohra yesterday invited the PDP president to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.
“The Governor’s invitation to (Mehbooba) Mufti follows the earlier discussions with the PDP and BJP presidents regarding formation of government in the state and the subsequent communications received from her and Sat Sharma, president, J&K BJP in regard to this matter,” an official spokesman said.
The PDP-BJP government can expect a smooth run if the two ideologically opposite parties can avoid controversies that dogged their first brush together with power when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the government for 10 months till his death on January 7.
The PDP-BJP coalition, which also has Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples’ Conference as a constituent, has 56 lawmakers in the 87-member Assembly.
The PDP has 27 members while BJP has 25. Peoples’ Conference has two lawmakers while two other independents are supporting the coalition.
The revival of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state — after three months of stalemate — became possible after several rounds of hectic negotiations between the two parties and apparent intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.