Decks are all clear for Mehbooba Mufti to become the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, after she was elected as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the post..
She will succeed her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who passed away in January.
Her name to head the PDP in the state assembly was proposed by senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and was seconded by his senior colleague Abdur Rehman Veeri.
Decision came as the party held a meeting ofMLAs who had gathered to discuss the government formation in the state. It was a constitutional requirement before Mehbooba stakes claim to power in India's only Muslim majority state.
Mehbooba represents south Kashmir's Anantnag constituency in the Lok Sabha. She will now have to get elected to either house of the state's bicameral legislature and also resign her Lok Sabha seat.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Mehbooba's father died in a Delhi hospital on January 7.