Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn as first woman CM of J&K on April 4

New Delhi:PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be sworning as the first women Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4, a party leader said today.

"Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba will be sworn in as Chief Minister on April 4," PDP Leader Amitabh Mattoo said in Srinagar.

The advisor of the former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Mr. Mattoo, expressed the hope that 56-year old Mehbooba would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the region.

Whereas, sources in PDP and its alliance partner BJP said they have also conveyed the mutually agreed date for the swearing-in ceremony to the state Governor N N Vohra.

The date for the swearing-in-ceremony of the new cabinet was decided after the consideration between the leadership of both the parties.

Asked whether there were any dissimilarity between the coalition partners which led to the delay in the oath ceremony, to which the source replied by saying that there were no difference in opinion but deliberation between alliance partners happen and they take time.

Two days after Mehbooba was elected as PDPs legislature party leader, the PDP and the BJP had staked claim for government formation on march 26.

After the demise of her father, who headed PDP-BJP coalition government for 10 months from March 1 last year until his death on January 7 this year, Ms. Mehbooba was disinclined to take over as a Chief Minister coalition government.

Ms. Mehbooba also sought some J&K-specific confidence building measures.

However, the meeting between Ms. Mehbooba and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 22 ended over the two-month long stalemate situation on government formation.

Ms.Mehbooba was however satisfied and described it as a positive meeting.

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