The Hush Post: Tassaduq Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, was inducted into the council of ministers on Thursday morning. A cinematographer by profession, Tassaduq Mufti, 45, holds a masters’ degree in fine arts from America and had earned critical acclaim for his camera work in the Vishal Bhardwaj directorial “Omkara”. He had joined politics after the demise of his father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January 2016.
In a simple and brief function at the Raj Bhavan lawns, Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tassaduq Mufti and Javed Mustafa Mir, a three-time MLA, who was dropped from the council of ministers in 2016 when Mehbooba took over as chief minister. Both were sworn in as cabinet ministers, Mir took the oath first followed by Mufti.
Portfolios of the two newly sworn-in ministers would be announced soon. Tassaduq Mufti was likely to be assigned the Tourism and Culture portfolio which was with his sister, informed sources said.
On December 22, J&K Governor N N Vohra had nominated Mufti as a Member of Legislative Council. Mufti was nominated on the seat vacated by Vikramaditya Singh, who had resigned as MLC in protest against the state government not declaring holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday.
Earlier Tassaduq resigned as head of the Chief Minister’s grievance cell on December 15. Tassaduq was also the candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election scheduled for April 12 this year which was deferred indefinitely after violence in Srinagar on the polling day.