Formally joining PDP, Tasaduq Mufti likely to be party candidate for Anantnag By polls

Zorawar Singh

Jammu, January 7
Tasaduq Hussain Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday formally joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He made the announcement during a function organized at Indoor Stadium in Srinagar to commemorate the 1st death of his father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Addressing a gathering, Tasaduq who was accompanied by her sister and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, said, “I will work for peace and prosperity of the state where the common man and the VIPs will play and walk together.” Tasaduq further said that he want to fulfill the dreams of his late father. He recalled that his father had plans to make Kashmir a prosperous state. Even while it was a simple function organized to observe the 1st death anniversary of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, political observers opined that “even though the joining was a low key affair but it conveys a significant message as state especially Kashmir valley will be witnessing a big political battle on two important Parliamentary seats. One-South Kashmir, that felt vacant following resignation of Mehbooba Mufti who was elevated as chief minister of J&K while another Central Kashmir, which is vacant following resignation of sitting PDP Member Parliament (MP) Tariq Hameed Karra. Karra resigned citing Kashmir unrest. Tassaduq, a cinematographer who has worked in  successful Bollywood movies like Omkara and Kaminey, is likely to contest Anantnag Lok Sabha seat vacated by her sister following her election as Member of Legislative Assembly from Anantnag Assembly segment, which fell vacant after death of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Earlier little known in Kashmir, Tasaduq Mufti became quite active in public life after death of his father last year, but he later returned to Mumbai.
However, today he surprised one and all by formally joining his late father’s formation-PDP.
Tassaduq, the only son of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, is likely to be PDP’s Lok Sabha candidate from South Kashmir once his sister and J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti vacates it to take up her father’s mantle in Anantnag.
Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, 45, had left Jammu and Kashmir in 1989 as a teenager and went on to become a cinematographer. The highlight of his professional career is Vishal Bhardwaj’s much-acclaimed film Omkara. Now back in Kashmir, he was introduced to the PDP top brass by his elder sister Mehbooba Mufti last year.
However, for a majority of people in Kashmir, Tassaduq has no recall value. One reason for this is that despite being the only son of the former PDP patron, this young cinematographer never showed any interest in politics.
In Mufti’s family, Mehbooba has been the only visible face in politics. She has been the driving force behind the PDP emerging as a stable force in Kashmir politics. She worked for years to make true her father’s dream of becoming the chief minister of the state.
But unlike Mehbooba, Tassaduq has never spoken publicly and has hardly been part of any political activities in the state. But after formally joined PDP today, Tasaduq has given hints that he was going to work with his elder sister to shoulder some important responsibilities in the party.

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