Jammu: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his predecessor Omar Abdullah on Tuesday took oath along with 83 others as members of 12th J&K Legislative Assembly.
The Pro-tem Speaker Mohammad Shafi administered oath at the swearing in the Assembly to 85 members of Legislative Assembly out of 89 strength of the house, Secretary, J&K Assembly M Ramzan told reporters here.
Four members, who were stranded in Kashmir due to closure of the highway and disruption in air services, could not be administered oath as MLAs, he said.
The Minister of State, Sunil Sharma and five other MLAs, who were stranded at various places due to closure of the highway were airlifted in state chopper and brought to Jammu for oath taking.
“The Assembly has begun its innings with oath taking of MLAs. But it was constituted in January with issuance of notification,” Ramzan said.
Mufti and Omar took oath in English while Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh took oath in Hindi.
Health Minister Lal Singh and Minister of State for Finance, Pawan Kumar Gupta took oath in Dogri language and Independent MLA Hakeem Yasin took oath in Kashmiri language followed by Raja Manzoor Khan, who took oath in Gojri language and rest of them took oath in Hindi, Urdu and English.
Born on January 12, 1936 in Bijbehara in Anantnag district of the state, Mufti took oath as MLA for 5th time. He has been MLA in 1962, 1967, 2002 and 2008.
Omar has taken oath as MLA for the second time but he has been MP twice from Srinagar.
Besides Mufti and Omar, the MLAs who took oath were: Abdul Rehman Bhat (Veeri), Chander Parkash, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Ch Lal Singh, Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Sukhnandan Kumar, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, Sajad Gani Lone, Haseeb A Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen Shah, Nawang Ringzin Jora, Mubarak Gul, Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Bali Bhagat, Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Abdul Majid Padder, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Priya Sethi, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Sham Lal Choudhary, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Kavinder Gupta, Raja Manzoor Ahmed Khan, Shah Mohammad Tantray, Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Abdul Majid, Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Devender Singh Rana, Javed Ahmed Rana, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, Abid Hussain Ansari, Javid Hassan Baig, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Qamar Hussain, Abdul Rahim Rather, Yawar Ahmad Mir, Sat Paul Sharma (CA), Rajesh Gupta, Ajay Nanda, Dina Nath, Ranbir Singh Pathania, Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal, Dr. Kirshan Lal, Ravinder Raina, Syed Mohammad Baqir Rizvi, Deldan Namgail, Mumtaz Ahmed, Asgar Ali Karbalaie, Ch Mohammad Akram, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh, Altaf Ahmad Wani, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Mohammad Abass Wani, Syed Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, Anjum Fazili, Jewan Lal, Rajiv Jasrotia, Kuldeep Raj, Kamal Verma, Dr. Gagan Bhagat, Rajeev Sharma, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Khalil Band, Daleep Singh, Shakti Raj, Ab. Majeed, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Neelam Kumar Langeh, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Imran Raza Ansari, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Asiea Naqash, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Shamim Firdous and Vikar Rasool Wani.