Sayeed Resigns As Chief Minister
29 October 2005
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohamed Sayeed yesterday quit his post in accordance with a power-sharing pact with the Congress Party, which will now rule the troubled state for the next three years, officials said. 'I have tendered my resignation to the governor,' Sayeed told reporters outside the residence of Governor S K Sinha in the state's summer capital Srinagar. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India's urban development minister, will replace Sayeed of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Sayeed was installed on November 2, 2002 in line with a power-sharing pact following landmark state elections in the Himalayan region. India's ruling Congress Party and the regional PDP ousted the National Conference and formed a coalition. The parties then agreed to split the six-year term between two candidates, one from each party. Azad will be sworn in on November 2 and until then Sayeed will continue to be in charge as acting chief minister. 'The coalition will continue to work in the same spirit,' said Sayeed. He said his government has 'laid foundation for peace and development' in the state, ravaged by a 16- year-old insurgency against Indian rule. The region is also trying to cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake earlier this month that left 1,400 dead and some 150,000 homeless. It left more than 50,000 people dead in Pakistan and its part of Kashmir and more than 3mn homeless.