Modi to Attend Mufti Government's Swearing-in on Sunday

Published: 27th February 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2015 10:48 AM   |  A+A-


SRI NAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend Sunday’s swearing-in of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources said a few Union Ministers and top BJP leaders would also travel with the Prime Minister to attend the inauguration of the government led by the PDP patron. Mufti is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi today to discuss the issues that should be accorded top priority by the new government.  “After the Modi-Mufti meeting, the common minimum programme agreed upon by the two parties  will be released,” a source said.

Also, Mufti will formally invite Modi to attend his government’s inauguration.

This will be the first time the saffron party has been part of a government in the state.  After about two months of negotiations, the PDP and the BJP recently announced a government-formation deal following a meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

As per the deal, Mufti will be the Chief Minister for the government’s full term of six years while the saffron party’s Nirmal Singh will be the Deputy Chief Minister.

And Mufti will be taking over as Chief Minister for the second time. He had headed the PDP-Congress Government during 2002-2005.

Sources said the PDP was likely to keep the key Home portfolio while the Finance portfolio would go to the coalition partner.

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