SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that her late father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s “vision” is her political mission and she would hang her boots if this mission is accomplished in next five years.
Talking to a select group of journalists and editors over dinner in the lawns of Nehru Guest House here, Mehbooba said that her father was keen to safeguard the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state.
“I have no political rivals. If my father’s mission is accomplished in five years, I will go and sit at my home. Otherwise, the political rivals will have to bear me again,” she said.
She defended her father’s decision to align with BJP “despite initial hesitations” and linked it with safeguarding the special status of the state.
She said she was deeply attached with her father as she was living with her parents since 1989.
“He (late Mufti) was my critic. He would appreciate me if I did some good work and I felt like on cloud nine. He would criticize me if I committed some mistake,” she said. “But now I am living without him for the past four months,” she said.
Mehbooba referred to her father’s last days in a Delhi hospital. She said that Mufti was insisting the doctors to discharge him as soon as possible and told them that he had a lot of work to do. “I am here to complete his mission. If that mission was genuine, pray for its success,” she said.