Mehbooba Prays at Mufti’s Grave Before Crucial PDP Meeting

PDP has not as yet nominated Mehbooba Mufti as the leader in the state legislature which is essential.

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The recently deceased Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with his daughter and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti. (Photo: Reuters)

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, likely to be the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday visited her father’s grave for prayers, hours before the party lawmakers were to hold a crucial meeting here to take a final call on the government formation in the state.

Mehbooba went to the graveyard in the ancestral hometown of Bijbehara in south Kashmir Anantnag district. Accompanied by one of her two daughters, the PDP chief prayed there for a while before heading to Srinagar to attend the meeting with her legislators.

Top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sources said that the meeting would start at 4 PM at Mehbooba’s Fairview residence in Srinagar’s upscale Gupkar neighbourhood.

Mehbooba will apprise the legislators of her party about the developments including her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week. The party will deliberate on its future course of action with regard to the government formation in the state.
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The PDP legislature party has authorised Mehbooba to take a call on continuing the ruling alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

But the party has not as yet nominated her as the leader in the state legislature, a constitutional requirement before she stakes claim to power. The sources said the PDP legislature party meeting is also likely to elect Mehooba as their leader.

This dispels media speculations that she had decided to allow some other confidant to be nominated as the legislature party leader so that she could continue as the party president and also as the member of the Lok Sabha.

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