Srinagar: After her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's demise on Thursday, Mehbooba Mufti is set to take charge of the country's only Muslim-majority state.
The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday urged the governor to let Mehbooba Mufti become the 13th and the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior PDP leaders Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Altaf Bukhari yesterday submitted a letter to Governor NN Vohra nominating Mehbooba Mufti as the leader of their legislature party -- which would entitle her to assume charge as the new chief minister of the BJP-PDP coalition government. After taking the oath of office, Mehbooba Mufti will have to prove her majority on the floor of the 87-member Assembly.
Know more about her:
- The 56-year-old Mehbooba is currently member of Lok Sabha, representing Anantnag Constituency of Kashmir.
- Mehbooba, who has assumed the image of a fiery leader, started her political career in 1996 by joining Congress along with her father.
- The mother of two daughters won her first Assembly polls as Congress candidate from her home segment of Bijbehara.
- Mehbooba played a key role in her father's victory as Congress candidate in Lok Sabha elections of 1998 when Sayeed defeated NC's Mohammad Yousuf Taing from south Kashmir.
- In 2004, Mehbooba contested and won her first Lok Sabha election from Anantnag.
- In 2008, she contested Assembly polls and was elected from Wachi segment of Shopian in south Kashmir when PDP bagged 21 seats but lost power to NC-Congress coalition.
- In May 2014, she again won Lok Sabha polls from Anantnag.