56-year-old Mehbooba was elected as the leader of PDP Legislature Party at a meeting of the senior leaders, which included MPs, MLAs and MLCs, at her residence here.
PDP will now need a letter of support from BJP -- seen as a mere formality -- to become the first woman chief minister of the state.
"A meeting of all the senior leaders of PDP was held.
During the meeting, the legislators of the party decided that Mehbooba Mufti should be the leader of the legislature party and should be nominated as a candidate for the post of chief minister of the state," senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig told reporters after the one-and-a-half-hour long meeting.
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