Srinagar: PDP patron and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has grown only one year old in last six years!
According to the affidavit filed by Sayeed for the assembly election from Anantnag constituency, the former chief minister is 72 years old.
However, as per the affidavit filed by him in 2008 assembly elections from the same constituency, Sayeed had declared his age as 71 years.
When asked for a comment, PDP chief spokesperson Nayeem Akthar said “there must be some error in recording figures”.
The PDP founder is not the only politician whose increase in age is not corresponding to the six years that passed by between the two assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress candidate from Leh and Housing Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, who declared his age as 53 years in 2008 polls, has shown his age as 56 years in this year’s elections.
National Conference candidate from Sonawari and Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone was 63-year-old in 2008 elections but grew by only four years to show his age as 67 this year.
However, some politicians have taken the opportunity to correct their age on record.
National Conference candidate from Gurez and Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Nazir Ahmad Khan was only 35 years old in 2008 polls. This year, he has shown his age as 49.
Meanwhile, cautioning against any “political misadventure in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mufti Friday said the “retrograde rhetoric being introduced in the State by divisive forces is fraught with dangerous consequences as it would deepen the trust deficit between Srinagar and New Delhi.”
“I advise caution to all the stakeholders against pushing Jammu and Kashmir towards dangerous polarization for electoral gains,” Mufti said while addressing election rallies in Kangan and Doda .
(with PTI inputs)