Mehbooba inducts younger brother, Chadoora MLA into J&K cabinet

28 Dec 2017

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today inducted her younger brother, Tassaduq Mufti, and Chadoora MLA Javaid Mustafa Mir into her cabinet.

Governor N N Vohra administered the oath to the legislators at Raj Bhavan. It was the second expansion of the council of ministers since Mehbooba Mufti formed the government in the state with the BJP. Tassaduq Mufti, 45, previously served as the head of Mehbooba Mufti's grievance cell. He returned to the state's politics after their father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in 2016. A noted cinematographer, Tassaduq Mufti oined the PDP at a gathering organised to commemorate his father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's first death anniversary on January 7 this year. On December 22, he was nominated by the governor as a member of the state legislative council to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Vikramaditya Singh, who resigned from the PDP on October 22. He is expected to get the tourism portfolio.

"I will work hard for peace, progress and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir. My focus will infuse life in the tourism sector in J&K," Tassaduq told newspersons here. Javed Mustafa Mir, an MLA from the Chadoora Assembly constituency, is a two-time minister. He was a minister of state in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government in 2002 and a cabinet minister under him in 2015. Mir, however, was dropped from the council of ministers when Mehbooba Mufti took over as chief minister in April 2016. The BJP, a coalition partner in the ruling alliance in the state, welcomed the minor expansion of the cabinet.

JKPCC president G A Mir today questioned BJP's silence over the induction of Tassaduq Mufti, younger brother of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, in the state cabinet, saying the party which had made dynasty rule an issue in poll campaigns is "keeping its eyes closed."  "It is easy to deliver sermons but when it comes to one's own house, the BJP is silent today," said Mir, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president. "If you look at this government, over two dozen relatives of Mehbooba are directly and indirectly running the affairs," Mir told newspersons at a function here.