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Ahead of swearing-in Mufti to meet Modi on February 27

Ahead of swearing-in Mufti to meet Modi on February 27
PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on February 27 after which a swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on March 1, two months after the results for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls were announced.

79-year-old Sayeed's meeting with Modi is expected to be a mere photo opportunity as all the issues between the two parties have been sorted out and a "comprehensive document" for governance has been framed.

Though March 1, considered as an 'auspicious day', is being favoured by both the parties for the swearing-in in Jammu, PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said "a final decision on oath taking will be taken only after the meeting between the PDP patron and the Prime Minister".

During the meeting, Sayeed is expected to invite Modi for the swearing-in function. This is for the
first time that BJP will be part of the ruling benches in the state.

Ahead of the meeting between Sayeed and Modi, both the parties are likely to meet tomorrow for finalisation of the cabinet.

While Sayeed will be the Chief Minister for a complete term of six years, Nirmal Singh from BJP is expected to be the Deputy Chief Minister having the portfolio of Planning.

No proposal to remove Article 370: Government

There is no proposal under consideration of the government "to delete" Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "No, sir. There is currently no such proposal under consideration," Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in reply to a written question on whether government intends to delete Article 370. Chaudhary said Article 370 was made in the Indian Constitution for continuance of the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India on the basis of Instrument of Accession. "Thus, Article 370 is a device to continue the existing relationship of state of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India, he said.

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