File photo: Nirmal Singh
BJP on Friday named Nirmal Singh as its leader in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and nominated him for the deputy chief minister's post in new PDP-BJP alliance government, which will be headed by PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti.
Speaking after BJP legislators met in Jammu, state BJP president Sat Pal Sharma said, "The BJP legislature party has elected Nirmal Singh as its leader and nominated him for the deputy chief minister's post in the new coalition government."
He also said the BJP will extend support to Mehbooba Mufti, to head the PDP-BJP government in state.
Nirmal Singh was deputy chief minister in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP coalition that was in office for 10 months till Mufti Sayeed, father of Mehbooba Mufti, passed away on January 7.
Since January 8, Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor's rule.
Apart from BJP legislators, Jitendra Singh, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, and Ram Madhav, general secretary in the Bharatiya Janata Party in charge of Jammu and Kashmir affairs, took apart in meeting.
Those at the meeting were informed by Ram Madhav about the recent developments, including the Tuesday meeting in New Delhi between PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.