Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was on Thursday sworn in as a legislator from Anantnag constituency.

Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta gave the oath of office to Mehbooba Mufti, who was on June 25 declared elected from Anantnag in south Kashmir.

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She defeated her nearest rival, Hilal Ahmad Shah of Congress, by over 12,000 votes.

The by-election was necessitated by the death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Mehbooba Mufti, who became Chief Minister on April 4, was until Thursday a Lok Sabha member from Anantnag. She will resign her seat, leading to fresh elections in the Lok Sabha constituency.