Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed

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Mehbooba Mufti was born on 22 May 1959 Akhran Nowpora, Her sister Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped when their father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was appointed India’s Home Minister in 1989 and released after a few days.

In 1996, Mehbooba became one of the most popular members elected from Bijbeharaon an Indian National Congress ticket. Her father had returned to the Congress, which he had left in 1987, angry at the alliance that party had formed with its traditional rival in the state, the National Conference. Mehbooba quickly made a mark as the leader of the opposition in the assembly, taking on the government of Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah with asperity.

When Mufti Mohammad Sayeed split from the Indian National Congress to form the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999, many thought she would be the party president. She deferred to her father’s experience, however, and became party vice-president.

She had previously represented Anantnag in the 14th Lok Sabha (2004–09) but did not contest the 2009 election for the 15th Lok SabhaAfter her father’s death in January 2016, when he was heading the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, she took forward the same alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the second time the BJP and the PDP formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir

She is the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was a member of the Indian parliament, representing Anantnag in the 16th Lok Sabha; before she was sworn in as the Chief Minister of J&K.

On 25 June 2016 she won an Assembly seat in a by-election in Anantnag with the highest margin in any recent elections there Mehbooba.The first woman to hold the office.


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