Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn-in as J&K CM today

Jammu: After nearly three months of political stagnancy, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

The 56-year-old leader, daughter of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, will take oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Jammu tomorrow at 11 am.

Mehbooba will be the first woman to head a government in Jammu and Kashmir and the second Muslim woman to become the Chief Minister of a state in India. 

Governor N N 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.

Meanwhile, fomer J&K Omar Abdullah thanked Mufti for inviting him to her oath taking ceremony to be held in Jammu today.

"Very gracious of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba to phone & invite me to her oath taking ceremony. I look forward to being there on the 4th," he tweeted.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor's Rule since January 8, imposed a day after Mehbooba's father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away.

News24 Bureau