Omar, Naidu, Jitendra invited for sworn-in ceremony at 11 am tomorrow
Srinagar, April 2: The 56-year-old Mufti will on Sunday fly to winter capital Jammu where she is scheduled to be sworn in as state’s first woman chief minister at the head of PDP-BJP coalition government on Monday.
She was accompanied by her daughter Iltija, uncle Amin Mufti and her cousin Sajad Mufti during her visit to grave of father, former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at Bijbehara, the party sources said.
Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra has formally invited Mufti to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Governor’s invitation to Mufti follows the earlier discussions with the PDP and BJP presidents regarding formation of government in the State and the subsequent communications received from her and Sat Sharma, president, J&K BJP in regard to this matter,” a Raj Bhavan statement said.
Earlier Mufti personally spoke to her political bête noire former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) working president, Omar Abdullah, on the phone to invite him for her swearing-in ceremony.
Abdullah accepted the invitation. He later wrote on Twitter, “Very gracious of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba to phone & invite me to her oath taking ceremony. I look forward to being there on the 4th”.
Others who have been invited to the oath taking ceremony include Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Jitendra Singh scheduled to be held in the sprawling lawns of Raj Bhavan in Jammu at 11 am on Monday.
BJP’s national general secretary, Ram Madhav, who played key role towards sealing of the pact with PDP will also grace the occasion.
Mufti’s mother Gulshan Ara Nazir, brother Tassaduq Hussain Sayeed and daughters Iltija and Irtiqa are also likely to be present but it is not yet clear if her two sisters Rubaya Sayeed and Mehmooda Sayeed who live with their families outside Jammu and Kashmir will also make to the ceremony.
Over two dozen ministers including Deputy Chief Minister designate Dr Nirmal Singh will also take oath at the swearing-in-ceremony, sources said. The BJP had publicly pitched for “just and equitable share” in power with PDP and was driving a hard bargain before the swearing-in of Mufti but it is not known if the demand has been conceded by its ally.
On reaching Jammu on Sunday, Mufti will hold discussions with the party leaders and leader of the BJP legislative party Singh on composition of the ministry and distribution of portfolios.
“The names of people from the alliance partners to be inducted into her council of ministers have already been decided and it would only be a formality process that is going to be undertaken by them,” the sources said.
PDP and BJP had staked claim for government formation on March 26, two days after Mufti was elected as PDP’s legislature party leader.
Police reviews security
Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar took stock of the security arrangements for the swearing in ceremony of the government, scheduled to be held on April 4 at a meeting of senior police officers held at Zonal Police Headquarters here this evening.
The meeting had threadbare discussions regarding the arrangements put in place for the ceremony. Offices present in the meeting briefed the DGP about the security and deployment plan, besides the routes leading to the Raj Bhawan. It was told that all precautionary arrangements would be made to make the ceremony peaceful and secure.
Rajendra asked the officers to ensure security of the routes leading to Raj Bhawan including airport road and other routes in the city. He said that guest houses, where the VIPs would be staying should also be sanitized by deploying sufficient manpower for their security. He said that safe passage of the VIPs from airport and other routes towards the venue should be reviewed by the Zonal Officers supervising the security of different areas.
DGP asked the officers to ensure efficient traffic management in the city to make the function hassle free. He said that parking of vehicles should be focussed on priority to avoid inconvenience to the VIPs and other guests. He said that the ceremony is expected to be attended by a large number of dignitaries and guests and a better traffic management would be major task, which should be tackled in a professional manner.