Jammu and Kashmir government formation: BJP’s Nirmal Singh to continue as Deputy CM

JAMMU: J&K’s BJP legislators on Friday unanimously agreed to a coalition government with the PDP and also came on board to support the PDP’s chief ministerial candidate, the state’s party president Sat Pal Sharma said.
The BJP on Friday also elected Nirmal Singh as its leader in the J&K assembly and nominated him for the deputy chief minister’s post in the new PDP-BJP alliance government to be headed by Mufti.
The PDP had on Thursday unanimously elected Mufti as its legislature party leader.
Singh had served as the Deputy Chief Minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP coalition that was in office for 10 months till Sayeed died on January 7. Sharma also said the BJP had decided to extend support to Mehbooba Mufti, daughter of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to head the PDP-BJP government in the state.
After more than two months of stalemate over the formation of the government in Jammu and Kashmir, a meeting between PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sealed the deal between the two allies.
Mufti, who is set to become the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, is expected to meet Governor NN Vohra at 4.30 pm and the BJP legislators at 5.30 pm today.
Speaking after BJP legislators met in Jammu, Sharma said: “The BJP legislature party has elected Nirmal Singh as its leader and nominated him for the deputy chief minister’s post in the new coalition government.”
Besides the BJP legislators, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh and BJP general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir incharge Ram Madhav, also attended the meeting.