Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, is presently sick requiring oxygen therapy and the team of doctors is closely monitoring his condition.
According to AIIMS authorities, Sayeed, who is admitted in AB 8 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since December 24, is sick, requiring oxygen therapy but stable.
A statement issued by the hospital said that Sayeed is conscious, alert and is taking orally. He continues to be on antibiotics, anti-fungal drugs and supportive therapy.
79-year-old Sayeed was flown to Delhi in a state aircraft on December 24 and admitted in a private ward in AIIMS with complaints of fever and chest pain.
Home minister Rajnath Singh had visited him to enquire about his health and wished him speedy recovery.
The big question is, in his absence, who is running affairs of the government in the sensitive state of Jammu and Kashmir. While the chief minister is in Delhi, people have many such questions in their minds.
One such issue that people are concerned about is the Food Security Act (FSA).
Recently, people in the state raised their voice and anger against the FSA which has been passed by the Cabinet and which will be implemented by February.
People in different parts of the valley have come out on the roads and protested against the bill. They said that the bill is against poor people.
Separatists and opposition National Conference also raised objections against this bill. Chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq threatened of mass-agitation if this bill was implemented in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The previous NC-Congress government headed by Omar Abdullah had refused to implement the FSA in the state.
The other major development is the decision of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, which has questioned the state constitution’s sixth amendment in 1965, which renamed Sadr-e-Riyasat as governor.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi said the amendment was against the constitution’s basic structure.
He cited the Supreme Court judgments and said the power of amendment cannot be exercised to damage or destroy essential elements or “basic structure” of the constitution.
The amendment was part of a series of measures introduced to erode Jammu & Kashmir’s special status after Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s removal from power in 1953.
The court separately directed the state government to hoist the state flag on government buildings as well as vehicles of constitutional authorities.
Sheikh Abdul Rashid, better known as Engineer Rashid , a controversial lawmaker from Jammu and Kashmir is bringing a Bill before the state assembly to restore the title ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ instead of Governor as state head, just a day after the High Court described the amendment of 1965 as “against the Constitution.”
This may cause more trouble for all the parties in the state in which they have to take a stand on this bill if it was brought in the state assembly.
The BJP has hinted of opposing this bill. Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said that no flag can be hoisted to the same level as the National Flag and the matter will be dealt with legally. It is a decision of the High Court. It is a legal matter.
PDP on the other has pledged to “safeguard the constitutional position of J&K and work towards more empowerment of the state.”
While talking to TopYaps, the spokesperson of PDP, Waheedd-Ul-Reham Para said that chief minister is well and recovering. He said by the end of this week he will be back to the state.
When we asked him about who is running the state affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that Cabinet Secretary decisions cannot be passed without the consent of chief minister.
He said that Nirmal Singh and minister for education, Nayeem Akther, a close aide of the chief minister are running the affairs of the state.
Para said that chief minister is also informed about the developments of the state and he is also taking care of things on his end.
On making Sayeed’s daughter Mehooba Mufti as chief minister of the state, Para said that she is not desperate of becoming the CM and doesn’t want to replace his father.
“Many leaders of our party, cadres, and people in Delhi want to see Mehooba ji as CM. But she seems not in hurry.”
Speaking about the court decision, he said that India is the federal country and this will make federalism more strong than separatism in the state.
“We hoist national flag on the eve of Republic and Independence day.”