It will happen when destined to happen: Mehbooba on becoming CM

New Delhi, Dec 12 - Refusing to put at rest speculations about Mufti Mohammed Sayeed stepping down as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister in favour for his daughter and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, the chief of PDP, Mehbooba herself, said, ''it will happen, when it is destined to happen.'' However, she added that she was ''not looking forward to it.''

The vocal PDP chief, while talking at Agenda summit organised by India Today group here, said that her father had a vision for the state. ''He had forged alliance with a party like BJP, only for the welfare of the people of the state and not for making me the chief minister.'' she asserted.

In an interaction with media persons last month, Mr. Sayeed had hinted at promoting PDP chief as the new chief minister amid growing differences within the party.

At today's summit, she also opined that the ''intolerance protest'' was not a manufactured rebellion and the 'award wapsi' was spontaneous.

The chief of PDP, which is in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu and Kashmir, said writers, poets, historians and scientists had returned their awards in reaction to their perception of growing intolerance in the country. ''Nobody returns its hard earned award just like that,'' Ms. Mufti remarked.

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