January 2016 News

Governor's Rule In Jammu And Kashmir Until Mehbooba Mufti Takes Charge As CM

8 January 2016
India Today
Ashraf Wani

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra may promulgate his rule in the state for a short spell from Friday evening as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and Mufti Sayeed's daughter Mehbooba Mufti is currently not ready to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state till the mourning period for her father, who died as Chief Minister, is over. Vohra's rule will get a formal leader to the state after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away on Thursday morning. While Mehbooba Mufti is expected to replace her father, nobody knows when she would be ready for oath-taking. Party sources said that despite three party bigwigs approaching Mehbooba Mufti since Friday morning, they found her in deep shock and apparently unwilling to take oath of office. 'Madam is still in deep shock,' one insider said, 'It might take her some more time to come out of the deep personal loss.' The persistent denial by the party chief has apparently put the PDP leaders in a tight spot, making many believe that the daughter is doing it father's way: taking time before calling shots. As Mehbooba Mufti, the daughter and heir-apparent of late CM Mufti, continues to stay reluctant for stepping in her father's shoes, the governor rule is likely to be imposed in the headless state by evening. With almost every powerful man in the political executive losing the status, PDP is back to February 2015 position. Some ministers in the Mufti cabinet were shocked to learn that they are no more ministers. In fact, one top BJP minister has approached top government functionaries asking them why his name as minister has been deleted from the GAD website. It took some time for the officers to explain that with the demise of the chief minister, their status stands reduced to the lawmaker. Under the rule of the law, the new chief minister will take oath along with a new team which may or may not be the same as that of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Kashmir has witnessed a major change when Dr Farooq Abdullah succeeded his father in 1982 and used the occasion to enforce a generation shift. Meanwhile PDP insiders said the party has taken a strong exception over some bureaucrats insisting on an early oath-taking ceremony. 'They are officials and should remain as officials,' one insider said.