Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on Thursday morning. He was 79.
The Mufti’s daughter and the president of his Peoples Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti, 56, is expected to take over as the first woman chief minister of the state, sources said. The PDP rules Jammu and Kashmir in partnership with the BJP.
Mehbooba Mufti arrived at AIIMS this morning. Vice President Hamid Ansari, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah also visited.
Mr Sayeed had been in hospital for two weeks and was being treated for a lung infection. He was put on ventilator support yesterday after his condition worsened.
The Mufti’s body is being flown back to state capital Srinagar. His last rites will be performed in his ancestral village in Anantnag’s Bijbehara in south Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute at the Palam airport a short while ago.