March 24:PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, likely to be the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday visited her father’s grave for prayers, hours before the party lawmakers were to hold a crucial meeting here to take a final call on the government formation in the state.
Mehbooba went to the graveyard in the ancestral hometown of Bijbehara in south Kashmir Anantnag district. Accompanied by one of her two daughters, the PDP prayed there for a while before headding to Srinagar to attend the meeting with her legislators.
Top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sources told IANS that the meeting would start at 4 p.m. at Mehbooba’s Fairview residence in Srinagar’s upscale Gupkar neighbourhood.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Mehbooba’s father and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in a Delhi hospital.
Mehbooba was widely speculated to take over the reins soon but she dragged her feet on continuing to ally with the BJP and wanted it to redraw the alliance terms that had father had authored.
After remaining entrenched in their respective positions for more than two months, the two partners warmed up to each other following Mufti’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday in Delhi.