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Non-entity in politics Tasaduq Mufti disappears from scene
8/23/2018 11:07:36 PM
Early Times Report
srinagar, Aug 23: A non-entity in politics, Tasaduq Mufti, whose only qualification is that he is the son of late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, appeared on the political arena of the state soon after his father died. But he appeared and disappeared soon after the PDP-BJP government fell.
Despite him not being a politician his sister and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti ensured that her brother is inducted into the politics and gets a plum ministry.
She first tried to make him contest the parliamentary polls from Anantnag constituency but the polls couldn't be held due to situation being volatile in south Kashmir.
Tasaduq left cinematography to join politics and was nominated as Member of the Legislative Council. Soon after he was nominated as MLC, his sister ensured that he is inducted into the cabinet and he gets the Tourism portfolio.
Tasaduq enjoyed the power when his sister was ruling the state as he behaved like de facto Chief Minister. Soon after BJP pulled out from the PDP led coalition government it triggered a rebellion within the PDP as its own legislators accused the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of turning Peoples Democratic Party into Family Democratic Party. The PDP during the past two months has virtually split with 15 MLAs supporting Mehbooba Mufti and others parting ways.
After the government fell, sources said, Tasaduq reportedly got bored and he took a leave" from politics and left for abroad on a "shooting assignment."
In April this year Tasaduq stirred the hornet's nest by stating that the two parties (PDP and BJP) are equal partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood.
"Today the threat is that while we are in control, we are no longer trusted," he had said. "We were supposed to be partners in rebuilding of this place but, sad to admit this, due to the non-fulfilling of commitments, we have ended up being partners in a crime that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood," Tasaduq had said.
A senior PDP leader said that Tasaduq's immature statement annoyed the BJP leaders in the Centre and they had even conveyed their displeasure to Mehbooba Mufti and had told her to rein in her brother.
A PDP leader said, "Tasaduq should not have left Kashmir at this point of time as his party is facing major crisis. He should have set his priorities right in accordance with the needs of the politics. His going abroad has sent a signal that he was a wild card entry into the party and just wanted to enjoy the benefits of the power."
He said that some of the senior leaders have discussed the absence of Tasaduq Mufti with Mehbooba. "He (Tasaduq) is conspicuous for his absence. This has dented our image," he added.
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