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Sayeed meets Modi, to take oath as Kashmir CM on Sunday

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, February 27: PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Friday met Prime Minister rendra Modi ahead of his swearing-in Sunday as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister heading a government which, for the first time in the state’s history, will include the BJP. Modi is slated to attend the “historic” ceremony.
Sayeed’s meeting with Modi came about following successful conclusion of nearly two months of negotiations between their parties, which finished as the top two in the state assembly polls held November-December last year. The two parties have had varied viewpoint on some crucial issues concerning the border state including article 370 of the constitution and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA). “I met the prime minister today (Friday), and this is an opportunity for both of us to work together,” Sayeed told jourlists after the meeting held at the prime minister’s official residence. The Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Jata Party are expected to declare their common minimum programme for governce on Sunday. BJP leaders said here that half of expected 24 ministers in the new cabinet, including a deputy chief minister, will be from the party. The assembly election to the 87-member assembly threw a fractured verdict with PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats followed by 25 of the BJP. Sayeed, 79, a former chief minister, told the media that PDP was the choice of people in Kashmir and BJP in Jammu and the two parties decided that they should give a government which brings all-round development to all regions of the state. To a query, he said it was too early to say if PDP will join the tiol Democratic Alliance government. (IANS)

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