Jammu: Immediately after being re-elected as president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the sixth consecutive term, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday promised to work for “reconciliation” in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba was unanimously elected as head of PDP for the next three years after the party’s Electoral College met in Jammu today.
Returning Officer for the elections, Abdur Rehman Veeri, announced this after her name was proposed by Haseeb Drabu and subsequently by Trilock Singh Bajwa.
Soon after the announcement of her re-election, Mehobooba wrote on her Twitter handle, “Will work tirelessly to fulfill our shared vision of development, inclusiveness, and reconciliation in J&K.”
She expressed gratitude to party leaders for “reposing their trust” in her.
Earlier, addressing party members, Mehbooba said she would “carry forward the party’s basic declaration with renewed enthusiasm and vigour”.
Mehbooba, 57, is a law graduate and joined pro-India politics at the peak of militancy in 1996, when she contested election on the Congress mandate. Her father Mufti Sayeed was a senior Congress leader and served as India’s Home Minister.
In 1999, when her father founded the PDP, she emerged as its woman face. After the death of her father last year, she became the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
“From grassroots politics to emergence as a beacon of hope for young & disempowered, your dynamism & all inclusive politics have set new benchmarks & changed the course of polity in the subcontinent. May your leadership continue to steer us to newer heights,” PDP’s Twitter handle posted on Saturday.
PDP leaders issued a joint statement hailing the re-election of Mehbooba Mufti as party president and described it as a “justified mandate to lead the Party and the State”.
The joint statement was issued by PDP Vice President Muhammad Sartaj Madni, members of Council of Ministers, senior leaders Muhammad Dillawar Mir, Nizamuddin Bhat, T S Bajwa, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Qazi Afzal, Ved Mahajan, Chowdhary Zulfkar, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, Mehboob Iqbal, Syed Asgar Ali, and party legislators.
“Her re-election will augur well for the party and the state, as she will lead from the front with renewed resolve and added dedication,” the statement said.
The leaders said that agreement in the party on her re-election will help her to vigorously exude authority as chief minister for the betterment of the people of the state.
“Mehbooba Mufti is an embodiment of struggle and her grassroots connect is a glaring quality of her leadership,” the leaders said in their statement.
They also expressed hope that Mehbooba would accomplish the mission of her father, the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.