Mehbooba Mufti becomes Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman chief minister

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Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday took oath as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Governor N.N. Vohra administered the oath of office to Mehbooba along with her council of ministers.

Among others, the former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh also took oath.

ANI reported that Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh, were present during the swearing-in ceremony. The Congress Party boycotted the ceremony.

The Governor had Saturday invited Mehbooba to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor’s Rule on January 8, a day after then chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, passed away in New Delhi.

The PDP and the BJP had staked a claim for government formation on March 26, two days after Mehbooba was elected as the PDP’s legislature party leader.

Mehbooba, had earlier met Vohra and staked her claim to form the government with the support of 25 MLAs of the BJP. The PDP has 27 MLAs in the 87-member state assembly.

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