Jammu, November 18: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to become Jammu and Kashmir chief minister. Mehbooba Mufti will be first woman chief minister who will head the state. Mehbooba Mufti’s father and present chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has sent clear signals that her daughter will be his successor.
However Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wants his daughter to get the throne, but PDP’s coalition partner Bhratiya Janata Party (BJP) won’t leave the top post easily. If Mehbooba Mufti becomes the chief minister, BJP would demand more ministerial berths or relook at the power-sharing agreement in return. The BJP may also ask for CM’s chair for at least three years. “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has sent clear signals about the transition. It is a serious matter. We will talk to all our MLAs and later consult central leadership,” BJP’s state general secretary Ashok Kaul told Economics Times. (ALSO READ: Prime Minister’s package to give fresh relief to the flood-hit: Mehbooba Mufti)
While addressing a rally a presser in Jammu, Mufti Sayeed had said that Mehbooba taking over as chief minister of the state was “part of democracy.”It is she (Mehbooba) who is doing the job in the field and I work behind the scene and other areas. Whatever consolidation has come to the party was not because of me,” said Sayeed. “I did not win (the poll). She won from Bijbehara in 1996 (assembly elections). She has worked hard for that,” he added.
The 56-year old Mehbooba Mufti is among the founder members of PDP, which came into being in 1999. She is currently representing Anantnag constituency in the Lok Sabah. Top leaders in PDP are trying to build a consensus within the party and to convince BJP, to avoid any last minute embarrassment.