KG News Desk
Jammu, March 31: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will take oath as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4.
“Mehbooba Mufti will take oath of office as the chief minister on April 4,” Peoples Democratic Party sources said here.
With this, the suspense over when the PDP-BJP alliance will take office has finally ended.
The decision to take oath on April 4 has been conveyed to Governor N.N. Vohra, the sources said.
Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor’s Rule on January 8, a day after then chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed passed away in New Delhi.
PDP sources said that the decision to take oath earlier than expected was necessitated to set to rest media speculation that a tug of war had started between the PDP and the BJP over portfolio distribution.
PDP has 27 MLAs in the 87-member state Assembly while BJP has 25.
PDP and BJP had formed government on March one last year with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister and BJP’s Nirmal Singh as his deputy. In the council of ministers, PDP had 14 minsters and BJP 10.
Mehbooba Mufti, who will head the PDP-BJP government as chief minister, met J&K governor NN Vohra, along with Nirmal Singh and staked claim to form the government.
With Mehbooba Mufti having thanked the BJP for its unconditional support and dismissing reports of pending differences, the Opposition now wants to know what is delaying government formation.
The breakthrough came after Ms Mufti’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.
The PDP and BJP came together last year after J&K gave no party a majority in assembly elections.