Separatist groups have already warned of protests and described the first-of-its-kind move by police as “an attempt to divide Muslims of the state on sectarian lines”.
The vacation of CM house is an indication that stalemate between the PDP and BJP over the formation of government in the state is likely to continue as BJP is not ready to accept all the demands of the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.
Begum Gulshan, wife of the late leader and mother of Mehbooba, visited the bungalow at Wazarat Road in Jammu city on January 18, just 11 days after Sayeed’s demise, and took away the family belongings.
Would the PDP now want to switch to a tie-up with a party whose sole political doctrine today is to blindly oppose everything that the present central government does?
The BJP said Gadkari will call on Mehbooba Mufti at the late chief minister’s ‘Fairview’ residence on Gupkar Road on Sunday.
Bhat said Mufti had his “hand on the pulse of people” of Jammu and Kashmir. “He gauged it well. He knew in which direction it goes,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without a chief minister after the demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
A law graduate, Mehbooba was fielded from the family home turf of Bijbehara. She was one of the two Congress candidates to win from Kashmir.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP leader, passed away on Thursday.
Former chief ministers of the state Omar Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad were among those who attended the funeral prayers which were led by Sayeed’s trusted aide, Education Minister Naeem Akhtar.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed understood that politics, especially in a setting like Kashmir, was a shifting game. He made bold moves. He also knew the importance of waiting
For last 16 years, it seemed Mufti had concluded that the shift he made in 1999 was final. But when Mufti decided to form a coalition with BJP, it was a surprise.
In a political career spanning nearly six decades, Sayeed emerged as a rival power centre to the mighty Abdullahs, always playing his cards close to the chest, while making friends with parties following conflicting ideologies to suit his political agenda.
Mehbooba’s ascent to the post of the Chief Minister would require approval of BJP, the junior coalition partner in the state government.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away earlier today at the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi. He was 79.