Mehbooba Mufti sworn in as first woman chief minister of J&K

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Mehbooba Mufti

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 4 April.

Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mufti. She became the first woman CM and 13th CM of the state. She was sworn in along with 16 cabinet ministers and eight ministers of state.

Mufti, who is the PDP Lok Sabha MP from Anantnag seat, has six months time during which she will have to win as MLA or MLC.
Mufti, 57, was invited by governor NN Vohra on 3 April to form the government of the state.

She will lead an alliance with the BJP in difficult times than the PDP-BJP coalition government formed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Refusing to even talk about the challenges she will face as a CM, or her plans ahead, she said “This isn’t the time,” while speaking to Indian Express. She resume charge of the J&K at a time when the PDP is very weak, politically.

Choosing to go the way former chief minister Omar Abdullah did, Mufti called him up and his father Farooq Abdullah and invited them for her oath-taking ceremony.

Both Farooq and Omar Abdullah had confirmed to attend the ceremony. “Very gracious of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba to phone & invite me to her oath taking ceremony. I look forward to being there on the 4 April,” tweeted Omar Abdullah.

Meanwhile, the Congress has announced to stay away from the swearing in ceremony, which will take place at the Raj Bhavan.

The Congress’s decision was also aimed at opposing the undemocratic removal of the Congress governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.