Mufti Takes Oath As JK CM; 24 Ministers Too

1 March 2015
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: The Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday took oath of office as eleventh Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir along with 17 cabinet ministers and eight ministers of state in the newly-formed PDP-BJP coalition government. Governor N N Vohra administrated the oath of office and secrecy to Council of Ministers at a function held at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium at University of Jammu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Amit Shah, among others, shared the podium. Mufti took oath in English while his deputy and BJP's senior leader Dr Nirmal Singh in Hindi. Besides chief minister, 23 PDP and BJP legislators-and nominated woman MLA Priya Sethi-took oath as ministers. In Council of Ministers, PDP got 11 Cabinet ministers, including Sayeed, while BJP got six cabinet berths including Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. PDP's Abdur Rehman Bhat, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Choudhary Zulifkar Ali, Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, Imran Raza Ansari and Naeem Akhter took oath as cabinet ministers while Chander Parkash, Lal Singh, Bali Bhagat, Sukhnandan Kumar and People's Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone took oath as cabinet ministers in BJP quota. From PDP, Abdul Majid Padder, Muhammad Ashraf Mir and Asiya Nakash took oath as Ministers of State while BJP's Chering Droje, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Abdul Ghani Kohli and Priya Seth besides independent Pawan Gupta also took oath as Ministers of State (MoS). Lal Singh took oath in Dogri while six members of BJP including Nirmal Singh, Chander Parkesh Ganga, Bali Bhagat, Suknandan Kumar, Sunil Sharma and Priya Sethi took oath in Hindi. PDP's Naeem Akther, Abdul Haq Khan, Abdul Majeed Padder took oath in Urdu. Other present at the swearing-in included Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP leaders Ram Madhav, Shahnawaz Hussain, Ram Lal, J&K BJP incharge Avinash Rai Khanna besides all Parliamentarians of the state.