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Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari To Visit Mehbooba Mufti In Srinagar Today

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Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari To Visit Mehbooba Mufti In Srinagar Today

File Photo: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar:  Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union minister Nitin Gadkari are scheduled to visit Srinagar today to offer condolences to the family of late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

Sonia Gandhi will visit Srinagar in the afternoon to offer her condolences to Mehbooba Mufti, a statement issued by the Congress said.

"Sonia Gandhi will fly back to New Delhi today (Sunday) itself. She will visit Gupkar Road residence of the late chief minister in the afternoon," a Congress party functionary said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Mr Gadkari will also call on Mehbooba Mufti today.

"Gadkariji will also meet state party leaders to discuss the formation of new government in the state," BJP state spokesperson Khalid Jahangir told IANS.

The fourth day congregational prayers for Mr Sayeed will be offered today at 11 a.m. at the grave of the deceased in Dara Shikoh Park in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district.

At 1:30 p.m. another congregational prayer meeting will be held at the Gupkar Road residence of the Muftis in Srinagar.

After battling for his life for 14 days, Mr Sayeed died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on January 7.

Following refusal of Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn in as the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir during the mourning period, Governor's Rule was imposed in the state.

"After reaching concurrence from the president of India, Governor N.N. Vohra issued a notification today to impose Governor's Rule in the state," a Raj Bhavan spokesman said yesterday.

The Governor's Rule has been imposed retrospectively with effect from January 8.

Last time the state was brought under the Governor's Rule was on December 23, 2014, after the state assembly election results threw up a hung verdict.

 

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