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First Muslim Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away

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The 6th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi due to multiple organ failure. Sayeed (79) was survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and a son.

  • The Union government has declared a day of national mourning following his death. National flags across the country flown at half-mast.
  • Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a holiday and a seven-day mourning period as a mark of respect to Sayeed.

First Muslim Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes awayPolitical graph of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
1936 born Sayeed joined the Democratic National Conference (DNC) of G M Sadiq in the late 1950s where he appointed as the District Convenor of the party & later as Deputy Minister of state.

  • In 1972, he became a Cabinet Minister and also Congress party’s leader in the Legislative Council.
  • In 1986, he was appointed as the Union Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
  • In 1987 he quit as tourism minister and co-founded Jan Morcha with V.P. Singh.
  • In 1989, he won the Lok Sabha election from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh as a Janata Dal candidate and became the Union Home Minister in Prime Minister V.P. Singh’s cabinet.
  • He was the first Muslim Home Minister.
  • In 1999, he founded Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (JKPDP) to persuade the Indian government into an unconditional dialogue with the Kashmiri people.
  • In 2002, he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for a term of three years.
  • On March 1, 2015, Sayeed became the unanimous choice for Chief Minister when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reached an agreement to form a coalition government.

In 1989, within few days of taking office as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, his third daughter Rubaiya was kidnapped by terrorists. She was released in exchange for the release of five militants.

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