PDP Declares Mehbooba Mufti As CM Candidate For J&K

24/03/2016 7:49 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 5: (Editor's Note: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, President of the Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, speaks during a session at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on December 5, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Gurinder Osan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

SRINAGAR -- Mehbooba Mufti was on Thursday unanimously elected as PDP legislature party leader, with a senior leader saying that she is also 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 here this evening.

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

Mehbooba, who is set to be the first woman Chief Minister of the state, 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.

The PDP-BJP coalition, after 10 months rule from March 2015 to January, ran into rough weather following the death of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, after which the state came under Governor’s rule.

Since then, the PDP leadership has sought confidence-building measures and assurances on the implementation of the already agreed Agenda for Alliance from the Centre for forming the government again.

Hopes for government formation were revived after Mehbooba met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday.

She termed the meeting as “positive”, saying she was “satisfied” with the discussions with the Prime Minister.

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