Mufti Mohammed Sayeed takes oath as CM of Jammu & Kashmir

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Jammu, March 1, 2015

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes oath as J&K Chief Minister
Former Union Home Minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was today sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir at the head of a coalition government between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
This is the first time that the BJP, which is currently in power at the centre, has become part of the state government in Jammu & Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, senior BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and were amongst those who attended the swearing-in ceremony at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University here.
Along with Mr Sayeed, 79, twelve ministers each from the PDP and the BJP were also administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor N N Vohra. 
BJP leader Nirmal Singh will be the Deputy Chief Minister. Former separatist Sajjad Lone was among those who took oath as a Minister.
For Mr Sayeed, 79, this is his second stint as Chief Minister of the state, having held the post between 2002 and 2005 in a rotational arrangement with the Congress. This time, the Chief Minister's post will remain with the PDP for the full six-year term.
The December 2014 elections to the 87-member Jammu & Kashmir Assembly threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats, while the BJP was a close second with 25.
Today's swearing-in ceremony marks the culmination of about two months of hard negotiations between the two parties, which have fiercely opposed to each other in the past and had huge differences.
The National Conference (NC) won 15 seats and the Congress got 12. Two seats went to the Sajjan Lone-led People's Conference.

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