Besides the Abdullahs and the Muftis, the other families

During his J&K visit, the PM urged voters to rid themselves of the rule of two families. The state has many more political families.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Published: December 11, 2014 3:03 am

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The Aghas

Shia family from Budgam. Agha Syed Hassan, 58, is executive member in Mirwaiz Farooq’s Hurriyat. Of his brothers, Abdul Hussain contested the LS polls as an independent, Mehmood is an NC candidate, Syed Mohsin too is in NC, and Mehdi was Congress candidate in 1996. Mehdi’s son Roohullah is an NC MLA.

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The Beighs

Muzaffar Beigh, Baramulla MP, is a veteran of politics since 1977 and a founder member of PDP, formed in 1999. His nephew Javaid Beigh, 46, is the PDP candidate from Baramulla. Muzaffar Beigh’s brother Fazal Beigh, too, is contesting, as an independent candidate from Sangrama.

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The Sozs

Saifuddin Soz, president of Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, is an economics professor and a party veteran considered close to Sonia Gandhi. His younger son Salman Soz, 44 and an MBA, is a national spokesperson for the party and is contesting from Baramulla, his first election.

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The Lones

Abdul Gani Lone, former Hurriyat chief murdered in 2000, was in Congress and Janata Party before founding People’s Conference. Of his sons, Handwara candidate Sajad Lone heads People’s Conference after having broken away from the separatist camp, while Bilal Gani Lone remains with Hurriyat.

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The Ansaris

Former minister Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, a Shia leader recently deceased, was with Congress, NC and PDP over the years. His son Imran Ansari, 42, is in PDP’s political affairs committee and heads the All J&K Shia Association. Iftikhar’s brother Aabid is PDP candidate from Zadibal.

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The Mirs

Former minister Dilawar Mir, one of PDP’s founding members, is not contesting, having been convicted in a corruption case by a Delhi court. His party has fielded Dilawar’s younger Yawar Ali Mir, 28, and brother-in-law Naikoo in the assembly polls, as well as a relative of theirs, Altaf Bukhari.

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The Karrahs

They are the family of Mohiudin Karrah, veteran of the Quit Kashmir agitation of 1946 and a former NC member. His nephew Tariq Karrah is PDP MP from Srinagar. Tariq’s sister-in-law Asiya Naqash, who once contested unsuccessfully against Farooq Abdullah, is PDP candidate from Hazratbal.

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