Mehbooba Mufti introduces brother to party, politics

Best known for his cinematography of Bollywood hit Omkara, Tassaduq has so far maintained that he wasn’t interested in politics.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber , Muzamil Jaleel | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2016 4:51 pm
Mehbooba Mufti with brother Tassaduq in Bijbehara. (source: PTI) Mehbooba Mufti with brother Tassaduq in Bijbehara. (source: PTI)

On Sunday, when PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti walked into the room of her Srinagar residence where she was to chair a meeting of her party’s core group, accompanying her was her younger brother, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti.

While many party leaders were surprised to see the cinematographer-son of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, especially since he had so far maintained that he had no interest in politics, Mehbooba began the meeting by introducing her brother.

Sources present at the meeting told The Indian Express that Mehbooba, who could soon take over as Chief Minister, also indicated that her brother was interested in joining politics as “he wants to do something for Kashmir, especially on environmental issues”.

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“Mehboobaji introduced him to us in the meeting saying he wanted to know his father as a politician and leader, and the best way to know that is from his colleagues and party leaders. She said that’s why I invited him to this meeting,” sources said.

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There were enough indications, sources said, that if and when Mehbooba vacates her Lok Sabha seat — she is MP from Anantnag — to take over as Chief Minister, the person most likely to succeed her as PDP candidate from the constituency would be Tassaduq.

“Mehboobaji will contest the Assembly seat which has fallen vacant after the death of Mufti sahib. Tassaduq could be nominated by the party to contest from Anantnag. However, nothing is finalised yet,” a source present at the meeting said.

Best known for his cinematography of Bollywood hit Omkara, Tassaduq has so far maintained that he wasn’t interested in politics.

At the meeting Sunday, PDP MPs, many former ministers and senior office-bearers authorised Mehbooba to take a final call on formation of the new government with the BJP.

However, with the party’s alliance with the BJP coming under fresh strain following Sayeed’s death and with many leaders within the party questioning the practicability of persisting with the alliance with the saffron party, Mehbooba is likely to take stock of the implementation so far of the Agenda of Alliance, a common minimum programme that was agreed to by the two parties before the formation of the government last year.

Sources said while there was “very little possibility” of the PDP demanding a major overhaul of the agenda, Mehbooba is likely to take stock of its implementation.

“Despite honest efforts by the government under Mufti Sahib, the alliance government could not completely win the hearts of the people. Many leaders have felt that there were shortcomings in implementation of our common agenda. We will take stock of what went wrong and what needs to be done to ensure that the people are satisfied,” a PDP leader said.

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    Al Barkistani
    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:57 pm
    Yet another dienasty in the making!
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      ashok
      Jan 19, 2016 at 1:04 am
      Country would go to dogs if only family members are given preference for the post of mla, mp
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        david
        Jan 19, 2016 at 11:27 am
        Is it also going to be dynasty like Fake hi, Abdullah.
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          dv1936
          Jan 19, 2016 at 1:45 am
          Everywhere in Indian politics the dynasty issue comes up. This is no democracy. Thanks to the congress party culture. The country's interests become secondary.
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          1. G
            gaurav
            Jan 19, 2016 at 11:35 am
            Politics is like family business in India
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            1. G
              GIDDY
              Jan 19, 2016 at 10:37 am
              so..Bab-beti dynasty expands with the introduction of son in the PDP kingdom...which BJP supports..
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              1. हेमकांत
                Jan 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm
                Now this family too, is in political "BUSINESS"
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                  Hindu
                  Jan 19, 2016 at 5:16 am
                  Who are holding the SANATAN FOLLOWERS TO RANSOM ??? Let me try to pin point. All of them belong to the various CONSTRICTORS FAMILY.....1 . The ANACONDA CALLEDD CONGRESS PARTY 2. The DESERT PYMTHONS CALLED MUSLIMS 3. The NAKLI EAROPEAN ROCK PYTHONS . called the CHRISTIANS NEXT come the POISONOUS SNAKES 4. RUSSELS'S VIPER CALLED Mullayam's SP 5. KRAIT CALLED RJD 6. HISSING BUT INEFFECTIVE RAT SNAKES ....LAST BUT NOT THE LEASE ARE THE CROSS-BREED OFF-SPRINGS of the CONSTRICTORS AND POISONOUS Variety named above.....THE ANTI-HINDU, ANTI-RSS and ANTI-MODI called the FREE MEDIA (Prominent are English Visual media and the News Papers like TIE, TOI, Hindustan times, India-Today...OMG the list is long !!! IT IS HIGH TIME WE THE HINDUS FREE OURSELVES FROM THESE SNAKES !!!
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                    madan gupta
                    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:50 am
                    बाप के बाद बेटा, बेटी, कोई नया आदमी पॉलिटिक्स और फिल्म इंडस्ट्री में आने का साहस नहीं कर सकता. मुलायम और लालू के दर्जनों आदमी हैं.
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                      Man with
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 2:22 am
                      Stop blaming Politicians for dynasty rule, we are to blame for it. They do it because public like to see it.
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                        maula
                        Jan 19, 2016 at 11:48 am
                        This amul baba who is now making loudest of noises for dalits conviniently forgot how he along with his scamgressi slaves of Maharashtra,, forgot the barbaric burning of dalllits in bhandara district under the nose of adarsh looterra asok chavvan!
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                          Maulana Abdul
                          Jan 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                          Eat cow meat and enjoy life.
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                            Maulana Abdul
                            Jan 19, 2016 at 11:21 am
                            How come there are no Kashmiri Dalits and Schedule Castes/Tribes/OBC in Kashmir? How is it that only Brahmin Pandits are the only Hindus in Kashmir? All this talk of Kashmiri Pandits being native of Kashnmir is bogus and self-centered by the Hindoos/Hindus who want to grab Kashmir from Muslim hands. Kashmir belongs to stan. Period!
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                              Maulana Abdul
                              Jan 19, 2016 at 11:47 am
                              How come there are no Kashmiri Dalits and Schedule Castes/Tribes/OBC in Kashmir? How is it that only Brahmin Pandits are the only Hindus in Kashmir? All this talk of Kashmiri Pandits being native of Kashnmir is bogus and self-centered by the Hindu Brahmins who want to grab Kashmir from Muslim hands. Kashmir belongs to stan. Period!
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                                michelle_vedic_human
                                Jan 19, 2016 at 11:54 am
                                MAULANA ABDUL,-----you may have been born after 1947,-----prior to your birth,-----ask your mother if stan was also a HINDU/HINDOO land,-----ask your father if his ancestors were HINDUS before converting to a mullah,-----KASHMIR,----was not born in 1947,--------look back into historical map prior 1947,-------there was no map of stan but Kashmir already existed,----if your mother and father are unable to educate you,---then please try doing some research,----I can also help you through some historical journey,-----ask yourself this question,----if Islam was created in Arab,-----than how come Kashmir is Muslim?????.
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                                  M.L.Gupta
                                  Jan 19, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                  The Kashmir Islamists will not make Mehbooba the next CM purely because women are not treated equals.
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                                    indian
                                    Feb 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                                    another lousy dynasty after easy loot.They deserve to be in a rat infested prison across the border.
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                                      Pankaj
                                      Jan 19, 2016 at 4:16 am
                                      This is silly and waste of public money. Why can't Taduq stand for election from his fathers consuency and Mahbooba stays put in Anantnag.
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                                        rajan luthra
                                        Jan 19, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                        Politics is a family business; political parties closely held companies
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                                          rajan luthra
                                          Jan 19, 2016 at 3:17 am
                                          Politics is not social service, it is a profession. Many professionals are descendants and inheritors. Professions run in your veins and arteries. If an actor's offspring can be actor; a doctor's, doctor; a halwayee's, halwayee; a businessman's, a businessman; a lawyer's, lawyer; why can't a liar's be liar? Politics is in their blood, let democracy not debar them from politics. It is public who decides the future of offspring of actors, doctors, halwayees, lawyers, businessmen depending upon their quality. Why discriminate against politicians? Hail! Indian democracy.
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                                            Shafted mohammed
                                            Jan 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm
                                            This is family raz and don't allow her to become chief minister.
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