New Delhi: Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dies At 79

New Delhi (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has died at a hospital in Delhi. He was 79.

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Mr Sayeed had been suffering from lung infection for two weeks and had been admitted at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He was put on ventilator support yesterday after his condition worsened.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah – the son of Mr Sayeed’s political arch-rival Farooq Abdullah — tweeted:

The patron of Jammu and Kashmir’s People’s Democratic Party took oath as the chief minister on March 1 with the BJP as a partner in the coalition government.

It was his second stint at the state’s top job — he held the post between 2002 and 2005, in a rotational arrangement with Congress.

Mr Sayeed had been a part of the Congress for long before he broke away in 1999 to form the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (JKPDP) in 1999 with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti.

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