Jammu and Kashmir got its first woman chief minister on Monday in PDP President Mehbooba Mufti who was sworn-in along with 22 ministers, with an increased strength for BJP in the Cabinet. Know who all have been inducted in the cabinet.
56-year-old Mehbooba took the oath of office and secrecy in Urdu followed by BJP’s Nirmal Singh, who will again be the Deputy Chief Minister in the new PDP-BJP government formed three months after the state was put under Governor’s rule.
Sajjad Gani Lone, son of late separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone, remained in the Cabinet in the BJP quota.
BJP promoted Chhering Dorje and Abdul Gani Kohli as Cabinet ministers.
The saffron party has Prakash Kumar and Shyam Lal Chowdhury among the new faces in the cabinet. Minister of State Pawan Gupta, an independent MLA from Udhampur, has been replaced by Ajay Nanda.
Law Minister in the Sayeed’s ministry, Basharat Bukhari of PDP, took oath in Kashmiri again this year.
The new government has also retained two woman ministers from the earlier coalition— Priya Seth (BJP) and Asiya Nakash (PDP).
Apart from Nirmal Singh, who will lead the BJP flock in the coalition, Chandra Prakash, Bali Bhagat, Lal Singh, Dorje, Abdul Gani Kolhi, Ajay Handa, Sunil Kumar Sharma are also a part of the new government.
From the PDP’s side, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Abdul Rehman Veeri Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Syed Naeem Akhtar Andrabi and Zahoor Ahmad Mir were sworn in as ministers.
The PDP-BJP coalition has 56 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly. The PDP has 27 members while BJP has 25. Peoples’ Conference has two MLAs while two other independents are supporting the coalition.
With Inputs From Agency