Ahead of taking over as the next Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti is set to restructure her party.
To begin with, all the office bearers of the PDP resigned from their positions on Friday to pave way for a complete restructuring, nearly three months after the demise of the party founder and former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
"The office bearers of Peoples Democratic Party – General Secretaries NizamudinBhat, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Ved Mahajan, Mehboob Iqbal; and PeerzadaMansoorHussain, political advisor to party President, have resigned and relinquished their offices with immediate effect," a PDP spokesman said. "All the leaders have expressed full faith in the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti and have pledged support in the interest of party and people of the state."
Mehbooba, who is set to become the first woman Chief Minister of J&K, had in the past devoted her time for strengthening the party and had refused to take any responsibility in the Government during the party's stint in the coalition, first with Congress in 2002 and then with the BJP last year.
"The restructuring was overdue for some time now. Mehboobaji has always been focused on strengthening of the party," said a senior PDP leader.
The move could also have been necessitated owing to the upcoming elections to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats. The Anantanag (Islamabad) Assembly constituency that has fallen vacant after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the AnantnagLokSabha constituency that is held by Mehbooba would also go to polls in coming months.
"There are important events scheduled ahead and we have to ensure that we are ready for the challenges," said the PDP leader.
He said the restructuring was also aimed at handing over particular responsibility to leaders within the party.
"The aim is to ensure the growth of the party at grassroots level. There can't be any laxity," said the PDP leader.