PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to take oath as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister next week, after the Charrum ceremony which will mark the last day of mourning of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday, reports The Indian Express.
Ruling PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is set to be the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, succeeding her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who passed away on Thursday, with party MLAs unanimously electing her as their leader and writing to Governor NN Vohra in this regard.
A party delegation met the Governor at Raj Bhavan here and handed over the letter which says that the PDP legislators back the 56-year-old Mehbooba to take over as the 13th Chief Minister of the state, a senior PDP leader said.
He said the selection of Mehbooba, a Lok Sabha member, as the leader of 28-member PDP Legislature party was a unanimous decision.
The party leader, however, did not specify the date or time for her swearing-in.
"It will follow in due course of time as we are still in the process of performing last rites of our beloved leader," the PDP leader told PTI
However, IANS reported that she was likely to be sworn in as his successor on Thursday evening.
Senior party leaders, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Altaf Bukhari have handed over a letter to Governor, N.N. Vohra through which the PDP has nominated Mehbooba Mufti as the leader of its legislature party in the state.
"The letter has requested the governor to administer oath of office to Ms Mehbooba today (Thursday) evening after the last rites of Mufti Sayeed are completed," PDP sources told IANS.
The governor can now decide to administer the oath of office to Mehbooba Mufti as the acting chief minister and ask her to prove her majority on the floor of the assembly within 15 days.
Mehbooba Mufti is presently a member of the Lok Sabha from the state's Anantnag as per constitutional norms, will have to either get elected to the assembly within six months or get nominated to the legislative council within the same period.
Once sworn in, she would be the first woman chief minister of country's only Muslim majority state.
Earlier, BJP, which is the coalition partner in the state government, left it to PDP to choose its nominee for the post of Chief Minister.
"As the BJP has left it to the PDP to select its Chief Ministerial nominee, decks seem to have been cleared for Mehbooba to become the first woman chief minister of the state," the PDP leader said.