Wily Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dies aged 79

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PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
J&K CM  Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

After being admitted in the AIIMS in critical condition  for many days the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister  the 79 year-old  Mufti Mohammad Sayeed finally died on January 7, 2016. Sayeed was critically ill for many days and was detected with sepsis, decreased blood count and pneumonia, was admitted to AIIMS on December 24, with complaints of neck pain and fever.

He had remained in the intensive care unit of AIIMS since then. The chief minister breathed his last around 7.30am, education minister and spokesman for government Nayeem Akhter said. Sayeed is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son. His moral remains will be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader. He is likely be buried in his ancestral village in south Kashmir.

Sayeed took over as chief minister of the PDP-BJP coalition on March 1 last year. His daughter Mehbooba is seen as the “logical choice” as his successor as chief minister, senior BJP sources have said. Mufti Mohammad had on November 13 hinted that Mehbooba Mufti could become the next chief minister as she was better connected with the people and deserves to be chief minister.

His death saw reactions coming  immediately . Expressing his heartfelt condolence, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of J & K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.” “Contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to J & K and India through long years of public service will be always remembered,” the president added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Mufti Sayeed, saying his demise leaves a huge void in the nation and that the leader who provided a healing touch would be missed.

“Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family & supporters,” he said in a tweet.

“What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said Mufti’s demise leaves a “huge void in the nation and in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives”.