Mufti Mohammad laid to rest; PDP seeks Mehbooba as CM
Srinagar: Thousands on Thursday evening attended the
burial of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who died in
New Delhi. While the PDP urged the governor to let his daughter Mehbooba Mufti
take charge of the Muslim-majority state, coalition partner BJP said it may
bargain for a 50:50 formula for rest of the chief ministerial term.
A huge mass of mourners assembled at the first
'Nimaz-e-Jinaza' (funeral prayer) for Sayeed here and a second in his hometown
Bijbehara where he was laid to rest.
Peoples Democratic Party leaders Muzaffar Hussain
Beigh and Altaf Bukhari submitted a letter to Governor N.N. Vohra nominating
Mehbooba Mufti as the leader of the PDP's legislature party -- which would
entitle her to assume charge as the new chief minister.
A senior PDP leader said its coalition partner
Bharatiya Janata Party backed Mehbooba Mufti's elevation as chief minister.
Mehbooba Mufti, a Lok Sabha member, will have to get
elected to the assembly or be nominated to the legislative council (upper
house) within six months if she succeeds her late father as the chief minister.
She will be the first woman chief minister of the country's only
However, BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna, who is in
charge of the party affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, said the chief ministerial
issue has not been decided yet, and the party will take a call soon.
"There has been no discussion over the issue of
the chief ministerial candidate yet. When the matter comes up, the party will
take a call," Khanna told IANS.
"It is for the PDP to decide who will be its
legislature party leader," he said when asked about the PDP nominating
Mehbooba Mufti as its leader in the state legislature.