Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away on Thursday at AIIMS Delhi. “He died due to multi-organ failure at 9:10 this morning despite our best attempts to resuscitate him,” said an AIIMS official, He was 79.
Mr Sayeed, a two-time chief minister of the state started his second tenure on March 1st, 2015 in alliance with the BJP, after having led the state government between 2002-05 previously.
He was the founder of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (JKPDP) that he founded in 1999 to persuade “the Indian government into an unconditional dialogue with the Kashmiri people.”
In his long career as a politician, Mr Sayeed worked as a Congressman till 1987, and had been minister for tourism in the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986, later he joined former Prime Minister V P Singh’s National Front government as India’s home minister. Kidnapping of his daughter Rubaiyya Sayeed by Kashmiri militants marred his short stint there (1989-90).
Mr Sayeed’s other daughter Mehbooba Mufti is considered his political heir, and through his illness there has been talk of her succeeding to the chief minister’s chair in Jammu and Kashmir.
What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2016
Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ji.
May his soul rest in peace.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) January 7, 2016
#PresidentMukherjee has in a letter to Mehbooba Mufti conveyed his condolences on the passing away of her father Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) January 7, 2016
Extremely saddened to learn of the passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saab. My condolences to his family and supporters
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 7, 2016
My heart felt sympathies to Mrs Syed, Mehbooba & the entire family in this most difficult of times. My & my family's prayers are with them.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 7, 2016