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Mufti Mohammed Sayeed sworn-in as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir

Mar 2, 2015 12:12 IST

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on 1 March 2015 was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. His oath of office and secrecy was administered by Governor NN Vohra at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University.

This is the second time that Sayeed will be heading a coalition government in the state. Earlier in 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance government and was Chief Minister for three years.

Nirmal Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was made the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Apart from Sayeed and Singh, 23 other leaders from both PDP and BJP were sworn-in as ministers. Priya Sethi (BJP) and Aasiya Naqqash (PDP) were the two women legislators who took oath as ministers.

This is the first time that BJP has become a part of the government in Jammu and Kashmir after PDP and BJP agreed to form a coalition government as no party secured an absolute majority in the J&K Assembly elections in December 2014.

After the swearing ceremony, Mufti released the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the PDP-BJP alliance. The CMP promised to maintain the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the Article 370 of the Constitution and examine the need for de-notifying the disturbed areas in the state to enable the Union Government to take a final view on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958.


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