Mourning period for Mufti ends

Mourning period for Mufti ends

As the four-day mourning period for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed came to an end, special prayers were held today by PDP in his memory at a function where party leaders expressed their support to Mehbooba Mufti who is tipped to succeed her father as Chief Minister.

Several party leaders spoke briefly at the function, said one of the participating leaders.
"The speakers expressed their support for the PDP president saying they will stand by whatever decision she takes on the future political course of action," he said.

The PDP leader, however, insisted that no meeting of the Legislature party had taken place.
"There has been no meeting of the Legislature party yet. So the question of electing the Legislature party leader does not arise," he added.

With the mourning period over, political activity for government formation is expected to gather pace now.

The state was brought under Governor's Rule with effect from January 8 -- a day after Sayeed's death -- as allies PDP and BJP failed to stake claim for government formation in view of the four-day mourning for the departed leader.

At the end of the mourning period for Mufti, who passed away on Thursday last, Mehbooba thanked the personal staff of the former Chief Minister for the services rendered to him especially in his last days while he was hospitalised.

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