PM Modi has agreed to attend my swearing-in ceremony: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

New Delhi: People's Democratic Party chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend his swearing-in ceremony as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on March 1.

"The Prime Minister of India has the mandate of the people of the nation today, he has got full legitimacy to deliver. It is an opportunity for both of us. We had discussions on many issues. I have invited Prime Minister for the swearing-in ceremony on March 1, he said he will be attending the ceremony," Sayeed said after his meeting with the Prime Minister at the latter's official 7, Race Course Road residence.

The PDP patron added that both sides have arrived at a consensus on a common minimum programme for the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its people.

"I told Prime Minister that I have a dream of making Jammu and Kashmir an island of peace and we also need to engage Pakistan in that," he added.

After the Jammu and Kashmir elections threw up a hung verdict, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party formulated an alliance, stating that their union was formulated keeping peace of the state in mind.

According to sources, the coalition government will have 12 cabinet ministers, which would be equally divided between the two parties. The two parties are also going to share the post of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Legislative Council as well.

This is for the first time that BJP would be part of coalition government in J&K. The PDP-BJP coalition was negotiated because of a fractured verdict during the recent assembly.
The PDP had emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 28 seats.

The BJP won 25 seats, with the National Conference and Congress winning 15 and 12 seats respectively.

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