Mehbooba Mufti

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Mehbooba Mufti
محبوبہ مُفتی
Mehbooba Mufti.jpg
9th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Assumed office
4 April 2016
Governor Narinder Nath Vohra
Deputy Nirmal Kumar Singh
Preceded by Office vacant (Governor's rule)
Member of Indian Parliament
for Anantnag
Assumed office
2014
Preceded by Mirza Mehboob Beg
In office
16 May 2004 – 16 May 2009
Preceded by Mirza Mehboob Beg
Succeeded by Ali Muhammad Naik
Personal details
Born (1959-05-22) 22 May 1959 (age 57)
Bijbehara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Political party Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Javed Iqbal
Children 2
Relatives Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (father)
Alma mater University of Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed (born 22 May 1959) is the current Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, serving since 4 April 2016.[1] The first woman to hold the office,[2] she succeeded her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the role, a few months after his death in January 2016. Mehbooba is India’s second Muslim woman chief minister after Syeda Anwara Taimur of Assam. Mehbooba Mufti is the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She is currently a member of parliament, representing Anantnag in the 16th Lok Sabha; she will likely vacate this role in light of her chief ministership. She had previously represented Anantnag in the 14th Lok Sabha (2004–09) but did not contest the 2009 election for the 15th Lok Sabha.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1959 in Akhran Nowpora, she earned her law degree from the University of Kashmir.[3]

When elections for the state assembly were held in 1996, Mehbooba became one of the most popular members elected from Bijbehara on an Indian National Congress ticket. Her father had at that time 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.

Her sister Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped when their father was appointed India's Home Minister in 1989, and released after a few days.

Political career[edit]

Mehbooba is one of the few female politicians from Kashmir who is recognized across all India. When Mufti 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 resigned her assembly seat and went on to contest the parliamentary elections in 1999 from Srinagar, where she lost to the sitting member Omar Abdullah but won the Pahalgam seat in the state assembly from South Kashmir, defeating Rafi Ahmed Mir, when assembly elections were held again in 2002. She was elected to the Lok Sabha from Anantnag seat in 2004 and 2014.[citation needed]

After her father's death in January 2016, when he was heading the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, she also founded the same alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the second time the BJP and the PDP formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir.[4][5][6] On 4 April 2016, she took the oath and became the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

On 25 June 2016 she won an Assembly seat in a by-election in Anantnag.[7]

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Ali Mohammed Naik
Member of Parliament
for Anantnag

2004–2009
Succeeded by
Mirza Mehboob Beg
Preceded by
Mirza Mehboob Beg
Member of Parliament
for Anantnag

2014–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Vacant
Leader of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party in the
16th Lok Sabha

2014 – 4 April 2016
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Vacant
(Presidents Rule)
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
4 April 2016 – present
Incumbent