Mufti Sayeed

Born on January 12, 1936 in Bijbehara in Anantnag district of the state, Sayeed was an almunus of SP College in Srinagar and Aligarh Muslim University. Sayeed started his electoral journey from his birth place in 1962 winning the seat under DNC and retaining it in 1967. In 1972, he became a Cabinet Minster and also Congress party’s leader in the Legislative Council. In 1975 he was made the leader of the Congress Legislature Party and president of Pradesh Congress

but lost the next two elections. In 2002 when Mufti became the Chief Minister, with just 16 seats in the State Assembly, in alliance with Congress, Jammu and Kashmir was witnessing problems on many fronts. Personal liberties were restricted and army was in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack on Parliament. Seen as a visionary leader, a smart political strategist and masterful politician, Mufti’s arrival on the stage and his deft handling of the delicate political equations resulted in an almost instant change in the situation, both within the State and in the regional context.

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The new, young Kashmir leaders

When Mehbooba Mufti takes over as CM, it will complete the transition from one generation of J&K politics to the next, observes.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: The man who built a bridge from the Valley

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has bequeathed the “talwar ki dhaar” he had walked on to Mehbooba, to fulfil his dreams for J&K — and for India.

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: Sepsis led to heart attack

He had developed sepsis from the infection, suffered a cardiac arrest around 8 am Thursday, and died of multiple organ failure at 9:10, doctors said.

The reconciliator

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed leaves behind a complex legacy. Mehbooba must take on a large and difficult role.

Mufti Sayeed was an astute politician and smart political strategist

In 1972, Mufti became a Cabinet Minster and also Congress party’s leader in the Legislative Council.

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Rein in loose cannons, ally Mufti tells BJP

The development activities have taken a backseat and loose cannons are spreading hatred and insecurity: Mufti Sayyed

Blend religious education with modern outlook, says Mufti

He also described “educational backwardness as the prime reason hampering progress of Muslims in the country”

PM Modi is here for 10 yrs, says Mufti Sayeed, adds: Dadri wrong, he must fight it politically

Calling the lynching in Dadri “an attack on India’s diversity”, Sayeed said the Prime Minister “must fight” elements trying to create a “communal” atmosphere in the country by “polarising communities”.

NSA Talks: Mufti Sayeed blames Pakistan, hopes Ufa thaw ‘will not go waste’

CM Sayeed said he was disappointed over the abrupt cancellation of bilateral meeting between India and Pakistan NSAs and that he wants to see both the countries "walk the bridge of trust together".

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