Is Mufti handing over power to his daughter before year-end? 

Jammu: Amid an open revolt by two of its senior leaders and Lok Sabha members, the political grapevine in this Jammu and Kashmor winter capital is agog with reports the likely transition of power from father to daughter in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might happen sooner rather than later.

Ever since the state government stated functioning in Jammu on November 9, wild rumours in the corridors of the civil secretariat and offices of political parties revolve only around one thing: Is Mufti Muhammad Sayeed demitting office in favour of his daughter now or would he wait till next year?

For quite some time, it is believed in political circles that the Mufti, who will turn 80 on January 12, 2016, would hand over the mantle to his daughter and party president, Mehbooba Mufti, 56.

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In addition to attending to party affairs, Mehbooba Mufti represents the south Kashmir Anantnag seat in the Lok Sabha.

A close aide of Sayeed told Media Sources in Jammu: “Mufti sahib strongly believes Mehboobaji is politically mature and wise enough to shoulder the responsibility.

“But, he does not want to hand over power to his daughter immediately. As an experienced politician, Mufti sahib believes the transition must happen when the ground situation is comparatively better.

“Like, he would want the fruits of development to become more visible on the ground before he hands over”, the close aide said.

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