New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed passed away on Thursday morning at 7.15 AM in AIIMS hospital.
Sayeed, a political stalwart from the valley was hospitalised for the last two weeks. His party PDP came into power after winning the 2015 assembly elections with BJP.
His party PDP came to power after winning the 2015 assembly elections after joining hands with the BJP.
Tributes poured in from all the political quarters and leaders.
His daughter Mehbooba Mufti is fated to be his successor. This would also make her the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
He was five days shy of his 80th birthday. This was his second Chief Ministerial tenure. He was also India’s first Muslim Home Minister when he became one during VP government in 1989.
He was also India’s first Muslim Home Minister when he joined the cabinet of the VP government in 1989.
Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in his life faced a lot of attacks from separatists and militants. His coalition with BJP also triggered controversies as he had earlier expressed solidarity with the Congress.
Some tweets from political leaders paying tributes to Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
Omar Abdullah, former CM and leader of opposition in J&K
Just heard the terrible terrible news of Mufti Sahib's passing away. I'm shocked & deeply saddened. May he rest in peace.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 7, 2016
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Deeply pained to learn of J&K CM Shri Mufti Mohd. Sayeed's demise.He was known for his love for common people, specially the underprivileged
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 7, 2016
PM Narendra Modi
Mufti Sahab's demise leaves a huge void in the nation & in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people's lives. RIP.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2016
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi
Extremely saddened to learn of the passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saab. My condolences to his family and supporters
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 7, 2016