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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

Home Minister Rajnath Singh

PM Narendra Modi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi

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Jammu and Kashmir cabinet gets five fresh additions

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

"Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank," the sources added.
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“Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta will be the new Deputy Chief Minister. Nirmal Singh who will be named the new Sspeaker of the state Legislative Assembly,” the sources said.

“The other legislators who will be inducted into the cabinet today are Sat Sharma, Rajiv Jasrotia, Devender Maniyal and Shakti Parihar.

“Parihar will be sworn in as a junior minister while the other four will be of cabinet minister rank.

“Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank,” the sources added.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also inducting two new faces into the council.

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Pulwama MLA Muhammad Khalil Bhand and Sonawar MLA Muhammad Ashraf Mir will be sworn-in on Monday.

State Governor N.N. Vohra will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the Convention Centre here.

Portfolios of the Council of Ministers will be announced by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Monday. (IANS)

 

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