Mehbooba visits father’s grave before taking final call on govt formation

Srinagar, March 24:  chief Mehbooba Mufti, likely to be the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday visited her father’s grave for prayers, hours before the party lawmakers were to hold a crucial meeting here to take a final call on the government formation in the state.

Mehbooba went to the graveyard in the ancestral hometown of Bijbehara in south Kashmir Anantnag district. Accompanied by one of her two daughters, the PDP prayed there for a while before headding to Srinagar to attend the meeting with her legislators.

Party insiders say it is highly unlikely that Mehbooba would stand down from her claim to chief ministership and allow somebody else to don the mantle because that could create infighting in the party.

“She is the undisputed leader of the party. Nobody else is. It has to be her,” said a senior PDP leader and former minister here.

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