Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed is the president of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She is the daughter of PDP founder and former J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Sayeed died in office on 7 January 2016. Following her father’s demise, Mehbooba Mufti is now set to become the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha (2004-2009). She represented the Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2014, she was elected again to the 16th Lok Sabha from the same constituency. She was sworn-in as the first woman chief minister of J&K on 4 April 2016
Here are 7 things you should know about Jammu and Kashmir’s first ever woman chief minister:
- She was born on May 22, 1959, in Anantnag district. After completing her degree in Law, she remained politically inactive initially but sprung into the world of politics after her husband started an independent political career.
- She started her political career in 1996 by joining the Congress. She is one of the most recognised and successful women politicians of the country.
- Known as ‘Daddy’s Girl’ in Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti joined hands with her father, when he broke away from the Congress and helped in building support for the People’s Democratic Party, found by her father. In just 3 years she turned PDP to the ruling party in the state.
- She has served as a Lok Sabha MP and MLA but has not had any ministerial experience.
- Last year she launched the path-breaking welfare scheme for girl children called ‘Ladli Beti Scheme’, wherein the focus was on providing education, skill training and self-support training to all females.
- She has been instrumental in changing the political discourse of the state by challenging the dominant Abdullah’s and also tackling threats from militants in a state reeling under separatist insurgency since the 80’s.
- During the peak of militancy in the state, Mehbooba is known to have struck the right chord with the families of the deceased by visiting them personally.
Unemployment, favouritism and rampant corruption with regard to the Omar Abdullah government are amongst the most important issues raised her party in the current elections in the state and on almost all these pro-people issues she seems to be drawing considerable support from the people in J&K.
Husband of Mehbooba Mufti
It is quite disheartening to learn that Mehbooba Mufti doesn’t enjoy a successful personal life. In fact, she is a divorcee. She has two daughters named – Iitija and Irtiqa. The elder daughter works in London at the Indian High Commission while the younger daughter is involved in the film industry like her uncle.
Her husband’s name is Jave Iqbal. He is the cousin of Late Mufti Mohammed Saeed. In fact, it was Mufti Mohammed Saheb who had persuaded Mehbooba to get married to his cousin – Mehbooba’s uncle. The marriage couldn’t go long and because of some internal issues, Mehbooba and Javed divorced. Currently, Javed is the fierce rival of Mufti family. In fact, he doesn’t want to see his two daughters. He had joined Abdullah’s National Conference and unsuccessfully fought an election in 2008.