Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister resigns amid clashes

Jammu, April 22: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who led the state in the assembly polls, has resigned, the government said.

Muftis resignation comes after her party won a majority in the state assembly and came close to securing a majority government.

A government spokesperson said Muftib has asked for resignation from the top posts of the cabinet and the state cabinet.

The resignation will be effective immediately, the spokesperson said.

Mufti’s party won 52.8% of the votes in the general elections held in May.

Earlier, a senior government official said Mufts resignation will mean she will not be able to run for a second term as CM.

“Her resignation will not affect the decision of the CM as the matter is pending before the law ministry,” the official said.

Mofti’s move comes as tensions rose in Kashmir after the killing of six people on the eve of a meeting of top security officials, including the security chiefs of the two states, in the city of Srinagar.

Kashmiri separatists are also demanding the withdrawal of Indian troops from the troubled region, which they claim is their homeland.