Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari Meet Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party leader Ambika Soni arrives at the residence of late Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to pay condolence his daughter (Photo: PTI)

Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were scheduled to visit Srinagar on Sunday to offer condolences to the family of late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir. (Photo: PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir. (Photo: PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that Gadkari will call on Mehbooba Mufti at the late chief minister’s ‘Fairview’ residence on the Gupkar Road on Sunday.

“Gadkariji will also meet state party leaders to discuss the formation of new government in the state,” BJP state spokesperson Khalid Jahangir told IANS.

When I met Mufti sahab a month ago, we discussed many issues such as industrial development, infrastructure development in Jammu and Kashmir. I assured him of all possible help from my department for the infrastructural development in Jammu and Kashmir. Even today when I met Mehbooba ji, I assured her of all help and fulfilment of expectations they have from us.

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister

“Sonia Gandhi will fly back to New Delhi on Sunday itself. She will visit Gupkar Road residence of the late chief minister in the afternoon to offer condolences to Mehbooba Mufti,” a Congress party functionary said.

The fourth day congregational prayers of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed will be offered on Sunday.

The first congregational prayer meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the grave of the deceased in Dara Shikoh Park in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district.

At 1.30 pm another congregational prayer meeting will be held at the Gupkar Road residence of the Muftis in Srinagar.

After battling for his life for 14 days, Sayeed passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on January 7.

Following refusal of Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn in as the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state.

“After reaching concurrence from the president of India, Governor NN Vohra issued a notification today to impose Governor’s Rule in the state,” a Raj Bhavan spokesman said on Saturday.

The Governor’s Rule has been imposed retrospectively with effect from January 8.

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