Mehbooba Mufti first woman chief minister most recognized Kashmiri politicians

Mehbooba Mufti first woman chief minister most recognized Kashmiri politicians. She often seen listening to rural woman narrating their troubles.

The 79-year-old Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was unarguably one of the most recognized Kashmiri politicians.

Mehbooba Mufti first woman chief minister most recognized Kashmiri politicians.

But for the people in Kashmir Valley, his People’s Democratic Party is more about his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti.

Who is likely to be Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman chief minister following her father’s death

Shewas a relatively unknown entity in the state when she started out.

The law graduate and single mother to two young daughters contested elections the first time as a Congress candidate in 1996.

As Sayeed, then state Congress chief, could not find many candidates to represent the party.

Wife Gulshan Ara and daughter Mehbooba contested the polls. While the couple lost, Mehbooba won the South Kashmir seat.

As none of his other children were interested in politics, including son Tasaduq who is a cinematographer.

Mehbooba, eldest of the four siblings, inherited the political legacy of her father.

Mufti decided to part ways with the Congress in 1999, it was the firebrand Mehbooba.

Who took on the burden of building the new party from scratch.

Mehbooba Mufti first woman chief minister most recognized Kashmiri politicians.

Then in her 40s, Mehbooba read the popular pulse and played the soft-separatist card.

After the 1987 elections that were believed to be rigged, most leaders with the MUF had taken up arms.

Donning her sports shoes and Phiran the traditional Kashmiri garb Mehbooba would visit families of civilians and militants killed in action with security forces as well as victims of human rights violation.

But the senior Sayeed reappeared on the political stage during the 2002 assembly elections.

The PDP made a big leap and formed the government in coalition with Congress, despite the NC emerging as largest party in terms of seats won in the polls.

Mehbooba Mufti first woman chief minister most recognized Kashmiri politicians.

She once again steered the party to lead against the NC from the front during the six years of Omar Abdullah’s term raking up issues such as poor governance and killings by security forces.

Her tenacity led the party to a rousing victory in the 2014 elections.

Mehbooba had taken a back seat after the PDP-BJP alliance came to power in March 2015.

But started making public appearances after reports of Sayeed’s ill health surfaced last summer.

Speculation that PDP was mulling a change of guard grew after the chief minister’s health deteriorated.

The party has shown faith in her and the late chief minister had also hinted his daughter could take over the reins.

Senior party leaders insisted the transition is likely to be smooth. “All our 28 MLAs will support her. Muzaffar Hussain Baig also supports her,” insisted a source.

However, for a party that has a pre-dominantly rural base, Karra dissent may not make a big dent.

Insiders said Baig being the senior-most leader, might take over as party president if Mehbooba becomes chief minister.