Peoples Democratic Party leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took oath to become chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir State on Sunday morning. Sayeed’s taking charge ended 49 days of Governor’s Rule since the assembly election results were announced in December.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nirmal Singh took oath as deputy chief minister.
The new Jammu and Kashmir State government is the first time an alliance has been formed between the PDP and the BJP. Sayeed, 79, who founded his party in 1999, has dubbed the PDP-BJP alliance as the meeting of “North Pole and South Pole.”
“We have to merge North Pole and South Pole,” he said after taking oath on Sunday. “We want to make this alliance a turning point. We want to do justice for all people.”
Sayeed was administered the oath at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University shortly after 11 am. The function was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders including L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Modi described the alliance as a “historic opportunity.”