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Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari meet Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad meetMehbooba Mufti at her residence here on Sunday to offer condolences to the family of late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

Over speculations that Congress is offering an olive branch to Mehbooba after the demise of her father and J&K CM, while speaking to news agency ANI, Azad said, “Sonia Gandhi's visit was just to offer prayer and attend the condolence meeting, for what she had come." “She (Sonia) visited for the long association Mufti Sahib had with the family and the party," Azad added.

According to media reports, Union minister Nitin Gadkari also met Mehbooba Mufti who is all set to take oath as the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. "When I met Mufti sahab 1 month ago, we discussed many issues such as industrial development, infrastructure development in J&K," said Gadkari after meeting Mehbooba Mufti. He further said, "I assured him (Mufti Muhammad) of all possible help from my department for the infrastructural development in J&K."

The fourth day congregational prayers of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was offered today. The first congregational prayer meeting was held at 11 am today at the grave of the deceased in Dara Shikoh Park in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district. After battling for his life for 14 days, Sayeed passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on January 7.

Following refusal of Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn in as the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor's Rule was imposed in the state. "After reaching concurrence from the president of India, Governor NN Vohra issued a notification today to impose Governor's Rule in the state," a Raj Bhavan spokesman confirmed yesterday.

The Governor's Rule has been imposed retrospectively with effect from January 8. Last time the state was brought under the Governor's Rule was on December 23, 2014, after the state assembly election results threw up a hung verdict.

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