LIVE: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Passed away; last rites to be performed at Bijbehara
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who died in a Delhi hospital on Thursday morning just four days shy of his 80th birthday, was a shrewd negotiator and undoubtedly one of the last mainstream leaders in Kashmir.
Belonging to the old guard of Indian politics, Mufti was a rationalist who never lost sight of the past as well as the future. [Read More]
4: 53 PM | Mufti was staunch nationalist: Gadkari
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday expressed deep sorrow on the death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
“Mufti saheb was a staunch nationalist who always worked for the development of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and devoted his entire life for the welfare of the people of all the regions of the state,” Gadkari said in a condolence message.
“His death has left a great void in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir. Mufti saheb will be remembered as a great son of India,” he added.
4:51 PM | Himachal CM grieved by Mufti Sayeed’s death
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday expressed grief over the death of his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
Describing him as a veteran politician, Virbhadra Singh said Sayeed had a long and distinguished political career.
He said Sayeed’s demise has left a huge void in the nation.
State Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said Sayeed was known for his love for the common man, especially the underprivileged.
4:41 PM | Sayeed was a seasoned politician: Raman Singh
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was a seasoned politician and a soft-spoken person.
As chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sayeed worked for the welfare of the people of the state, and rendered valuable service as a union minister, Raman Singh said in a condolence message on Sayeed’s death in a Delhi hospital on Thursday.
Raman Singh also extended his condolences to Sayeed’s family.
4:21 PM | Sayeed believed in the politics of togetherness: Sharad Yadav
Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav on Thursday said Mufti Muhammad Sayeed always believed in the politics of togetherness.
“He (Sayeed) always believed in the politics of togetherness and he did hate the thinking of fundamentalists,” Yadav said in his condolence message on the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s death at a Delhi hospital on Thursday.
“His contribution as a union minister and especially as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir will never be forgotten,” he added.
Remembering his close association with Sayeed, Yadav said: “He was a very straightforward person and a good human being. He was very down to earth. He was a seasoned politician and was an able administrator as well.”
With Sayeed’s death, Yadav said he has lost his great associate, guide and elder brother, and the country lost a patriot and an able administrator.
3: 53 PM | Sayeed a well-meaning, soft-spoken leader: Akhilesh Yadav
With Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s death at a Delhi hospital on Thursday, the nation has lost a well-meaning, suave and soft-spoken leader, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Sayeed died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. He was 79.
Yadav said Sayeed was an experienced and progressive public representative who held high offices and always worked to bring peace and development to Jammu and Kashmir.
“In his passing away, the country has lost a well-meaning, suave and soft-spoken leader who always had the welfare of the people in his heart,” Yadav said extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
2: 57 PM | Seven-day mourning for Mufti Sayeed
The Jammu and Kashmir government announced a week-long mourning and a day’s holiday on Thursday in memory of Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who died earlier in New Delhi.
Sayeed headed a coalition government of his PDP and the BJP in the state.
2: 55 PM | Mufti Sayeed’s body reaches Srinagar
The body of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who died in New Delhi, arrived here on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and former chief ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah were among those who received the body at the Srinagar airport along with his family members and relatives.
The leaders flew in on an earlier flight. Sayeed’s body was flown from Delhi in a special Indian Air Force plane.
The Jammu and Kashmir has declared a week-long mourning and a holiday on Thursday.
Sayeed’s cabinet colleagues and senior civil and police officials were also at the airport, where a guard of honour was presented to the departed chief minister.
“A ‘Nimaz-e-Jinaza’ (funeral prayer) will be offered at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium after which the body will be taken to the chief minister’s official residence,” a senior PDP leader told Media Sources.
The body will be then taken to Bijbehara for burial at Sayeed’s ancestral graveyard.
A high alert has been sounded throughout Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of Sayeed’s death on Thursday morning in New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Heavy deployment of security forces was made all along the 45-km road from Srinagar to Bijbehara town, situated on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
2:30 PM | Sayeed’s demise leaves void in politics: Amit Shah
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday expressed grief at the death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and said his demise leaves a huge void in the state and national politics.
“His demise is a great loss not only to Jammu and Kashmir but to the entire nation. It leaves a huge void in politics which is difficult to fill,” Shah said in a statement.
Describing Sayeed as an outstanding politician, popular chief minister and able administrator, Shah said: “He always worked for the development of the state.”
2:00 PM | CM Mufti’s Body flown to Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who led the first coalition government in the state also involving the BJP, died in New Delhi on Thursday, 14 days after he was hospitalized.
Amid national mourning, his body was flown to Srinagar for eventual burial in his hometown Bijbehara.
Sayeed, who was also India’s first Muslim home minister, passed away at 9.10 a.m. at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, three days after he was put on ventilator following a deterioration in his condition.
A severely diabetic, Sayeed “died due to bone marrow dysfunction”, a hospital spokesman told IANS. He was admitted on December 24 with fever as well as chest infection.
Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sayeed – who survived several attacks on him by militants – was chief minister the first time in 2002-05 in a coalition government with the Congress. In his second stint, he allied with the BJP to become the chief minister in March last year as assembly elections produced a hung verdict.
President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in mourning Sayeed’s death, saying his contribution to Jammu and Kashmir and India through long years of public service would always be remembered.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sayeed’s “exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives”. Crediting him with “statesmanship”, he said: “Mufti sahab provided a healing touch to Jammu and Kashmir.”
Added Congress president Sonia Gandhi: “Muftiji’s contribution as a humanist and to public life in various capacities will forever be remembered.”
Sayeed was the third chief minister of the state to die in office — after G.M. Sadiq (1971) and Sheikh Abdullah (1982).
As Sayeed’s body was flown into Srinagar and was received by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and former chief ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah as well as relatives, the Jammu and Kashmir government announced a week-long mourning and a day’s holiday on Thursday.
Sayeed’s funeral prayers and burial will take place in the evening at the Dara Shikoh Park in Bijbehara in Anantnag district, PDP sources told Media Sources. His body was brought to Srinagar in an Indian Air Force plane.
The body was later taken to Sayeed’s official residence here.
Born in Bijbehara on January 12, 1936 to a family of ‘Peers’ who earn their living by preaching and teaching religious practices, Sayeed studied in Srinagar and then at the Aligarh Muslim University before he joined politics in 1959.
After taking on the iconic Sheikh Abdullah, Sayeed became a cabinet minister in Jammu and Kashmir in 1972. Just three years later, he became head of the state unit of the Congress party.
He joined Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s government in 1986 but quit the next year to throw his lot with V.P. Singh, who revolted against Gandhi’s leadership and went on to become the prime minister in 1989.
Sayeed became the home minister in the V.P. Singh government — the first Muslim to hold the crucial portfolio.
Within days, however, militants abducted his third daughter, Rubaiya Sayeed, in Srinagar, forcing the V.P. Singh government to free five jailed guerrillas from Jammu and Kashmir.
In 1999, after a brief stint again in the Congress when P.V. Narasimha Rao became its leader, Sayeed and daughter Mehbooba Mufti floated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mehbooba Mufti is now tipped to head the PDP-BJP coalition government.
12:35 PM | Sayeed’s burial at ancestral graveyard in Kashmir: Family
The burial of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who passed away on Thursday morning in New Delhi, will take place in the [Read More]
11:50 AM | JK GAD issues a notification in view of demise of esteemed Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
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11:30 AM | HM Rajnath Singh and MoS PMO Jitendra Singh to attend late J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s last rites ceremony in Srinagar.
11:28 AM | President, PM condole Sayeed’s death
The death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has left a huge void in the nation and in Jammu and Kashmir, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
“Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed,” tweeted the president, adding that Sayeed’s contribution to Jammu and Kashmir and India will always be remembered.
“The contribution of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to Jammu and Kashmir and India through long years of public service will always be remembered,” Mukherjee added.
Modi said Sayeed’s demise leaves a huge void in the nation.
“Mufti sahab’s demise leaves a huge void in the nation and in Jammu and Kashmir, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives,” Modi tweeted.
“What stood out about Mufti sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum,” he added.
“Mufti sahab provided a healing touch to Jammu and Kashmir through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family and supporters,” the prime minister said.
J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh: I express great shock over his untimely demise, it’s sad for all of us
Mufti Saheb was a seasoned leader. He has gone when we needed him the most. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 7, 2016
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11.25 am: The mortal remains of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed are currently being taken to Palam Technical Area, where several political leaders including the Prime Minister, are expected to pay their tributes post which it will be flown to Srinagar.
11.10 am: The last rites of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will takes place today in Bijbehara, Abdul Ghani Kohli, J&K Transport Minister told news agency ANI.
11.05 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Srinagar to attend the last rites of Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
11:40 AM: Sonia Gandhi reaches AIIMS Delhi
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 7, 2016