Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will head a 25-member cabinet, half of it from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sources said on Friday.
With the PDP-BJP deal sealed after ironing out differences over contentions issues like Article 370 and AFSPA, 79-year-old Mufti, who will be sworn in as chief minister, met the Prime Minister on Friday, capping two-month long hard negotiations between the two parties on government formation.
According to sources, Mufti will be heading a 25-member cabinet which will have 12 BJP MLAs including the deputy chief minister post.
This is the first time that BJP is in the government in the state. Accompanied by chief interlocutor of PDP Dr Haseeb Drabu, Mufti had a nearly one-hour long meeting with Modi during which he extended invitation to the PM for attending the swearing-in ceremony at Jammu on March one.
Modi and Mufti were all smiles as they hugged and posed for cameras with their photographs trending on social networks within minutes.