Tasaduq Mufti resigns as Coordinator CM’s grievance cell

Jammu: Tasaduq Mufti on Friday resigned from the post of Co-ordinator J&K Chief Minister’s office.

In a letter, sent to the Chief Secretary, Mufti said that he is submitting his resignation from the post ‘with immediate effect’.

The resignation comes two days after the government initiated the process to have Tassaduq Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, nominated as member of the Legislative Council.

 “The proposal was circulated among the cabinet ministers on Friday. Most of them have given their nod to it,” the source said, adding that the proposal would be sent to Governor within a day or two for his approval.

Following the Governor’s nod, Tassaduq is likely to be inducted into the council of ministers, the source said, adding that as soon as this will happen, a minor ministerial reshuffle is expected to take place wherein the government may induct another minister (other than Tassaduq) after dropping one of the sitting ministers.

Pertinently, Tassaduq returned to the state after his father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed fell ill. He was introduced to the party and politics by his sister Mehbooba after Sayeed passed away in January 2016. He was also the PDP’s candidate for Anantnag parliamentary segment where the election couldn’t be held due to bad ground situation.

Later, he was appointed as coordinator of Chief Minister’s grievance cell, a platform set-up by the government for redressal of public grievances.

Pertinently, decks are being cleared for the inclusion of Tassaduq Mufti in Mehbooba Mufti ministry and getting him nominated to the legislative council, sources said.

According to PDP sources, 45-year-old Tassaduq Mufti is expected to get the tourism portfolio.

A cinematographer by profession, Tassaduq Mufti holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the American Center. He is also the brain behind a five-minute short-film on the state’s tourism department.

Tassaduq Mufti is expected to be nominated to the legislative council for a seat that fell vacant after the resignation of Vikramaditya Singh, the grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, sources said adding that all formalities to nominate him to the council had been completed. (with PTI inputs)


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