Srinagar: Brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell, Tasaduq Mufti, is all set to become the new tourism minister of the state, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sources revealed.
The party sources said that Tasaduq will be first elected as a Member of Legislative Council (MLC), to pave the way for his induction in the cabinet.
“PDP has one MLC seat vacant in its quota after Dogra leader Vikramaditya Singh resigned from the Legislative Council,” the sources said. “So, we will first induct him as MLC on that very seat.”
Vikramaditya Singh resigned in October, in protest against the PDP’s “disregard for the demands and aspirations of Jammu region”. The resignation was prompted by the government not declaring the birthday of autocratic Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh as a state holiday.
“In all likelihood, this week we will send the nomination of Tasaduq as MLC for approval to the Governor,” PDP sources said. “After the Governor’s approval, he will be appointed as MLC. Later he will be inducted as tourism minister in the cabinet.”
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is currently the tourism minister of J&K.
Tasaduq, 46, has been an award-winning cinematographer who rose to prominence after his camera work in Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara.
Sources said he was the brain behind the breathtaking videos produced by the Department of Tourism recently, wherein Kashmir’s beauty was captured on camera in exquisite manner.
“Through his videos, he gave a new meaning to the beauty of Kashmir,” a PDP source said. “He has a number of concepts that he wants to introduce to revive tourism. We are hopeful that he would make good contributions to the tourism industry.”
When he was inducted into the PDP, Tasaduq had shown reluctance to join politics. He finally ended up taking over the reins of the Chief Minister’s grievance cell.
During his stint there, the grievance cell was lauded for taking up many initiatives such as taking up cases of civil services aspirants who wanted their exams to be delayed. Tasaduq has also been calling for saving Kashmir’s eco-system and for the government to formulate a health insurance policy for the poor.