No Plan Of A Change In Guard: PDP, BJP

14 November 2015
Kashmir Reader
Pardeep Singh Bali

Jammu: People's Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament (MP) Mehbooba Mufti, according to sources, on Saturday denied that there were plans of a transition of power from CM Mufti Sayeed to her, saying there was 'no plan of a change in guard in the near future'. 'For at least one year, we have no plans for a change in guard. Mufti sahab is keeping well and we pray that he continues to remain fit. So, there is no need to make this an issue. Mufti sahab is smoothly running the government,' Mehbooba reportedly said during a meeting of the party cadre convened at her residence in Gupkar. The meeting, sources told Kashmir Reader, was called by Mehbooba to 'express gratitude' towards the party cadre for making the recent rally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Valley a 'success'. Several cabinet ministers, MLAs, MLCs, provincial presidents and district presidents of the party attended the meeting. 'Mehbooba Mufti thanked the party cadre for arranging a huge gathering at the rally, which was addressed by the Prime Minister,' sources said, adding that she also said the package announced by the PM was 'reward for their work on developmental' issues. Meanwhile, two senior leaders of the party, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Tariq Hamid Karra 'deliberately' missed the meeting, sources said. The 'no change of guard' theme was also raised by the BJP's National Vice President and Narendra Modi confidant Avinash Rai Khanna on Saturday. 'There is no truth in rumors that a change of guard in J&K is on the cards. The coalition government is running smoothly,' Khanna, who is also the BJP's chief whip in the Rajya Sabha reportedly told a local news agency via phone from New Delhi. He also said the CM and the BJP high command have not communicated in this regard. 'No such meeting or communication has taken place between Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed and the BJP high command. People should not believe such rumors,' the BJP leader said, adding that the government would run its full term and, as of now, the BJP high command had no plans for a change in guard. Mufti Sayeed on Friday had hinted at handing over power to his 56-year-old daughter, Mehbooba Mufti. 'Mehbooba is mature enough to handle responsibilities,' he said in Jammu while addressing a press conference.