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Sonia meets Mehbooba, sparks speculation
In a meeting that is being seen as politically significant, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday visited Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar to offer condolences on the demise of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
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Srinagar: In a meeting that is being seen as politically significant, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday visited Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar to offer condolences on the demise of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Sonia Gandhi, who arrived from Delhi, drove straight from the airport to the Fairview residence of Mehbooba in Gupkar at 3 pm. She stayed with the PDP president for about 20 minutes. The Congress president was accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress general secretary Ambika Soni, state Congress chief G A Mir and party leader Saifuddin Soz.
Mufti died Thursday at AIIMS in New Delhi. He had been undergoing treatment there since December 24. The meeting is seen as politically significant as the BJP, an ally of the PDP, has yet not officially extended support to Mehbooba for the chief ministership after Mufti’s demise.
The Congress has earlier shared power with PDP between 2002 and 2008, with both parties having a Chief Minister on a rotational basis after three years. They later had a bitter split in 2008.