Srinagar: The brother of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Tassaduq Mufti, will take oath as J&K tourism minister on Thursday at Raj Bhavan Jammu.
Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony, the PDP held day-long discussions on Wednesday in Jammu during which two things reportedly emerged.
“The chief minister, senior leaders, and other ministers held various consultations to discuss whether there should be reshuffle in the cabinet quota allotted to the PDP,” sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said. “One view was that new faces should be inducted into the council of ministers for which some PDP ministers have to be dropped. However, the move was opposed by the senior ministers.”
“Then, later, it was decided that there will be changes in the departments allotted to certain ministers. So, we expect there will be a reshuffle in the departmental allocation to ministers,” sources said.
The rejig in allocation of departments is expected mainly due to two reasons, sources said: “The PDP wants its legislator Javed Mustafa Mir to be back in the council of ministers. He needs a department to head it. Another reason is that the chief minister has promised Horticulture Minister Basharat Bukhari and Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari of allotting them more departments.”
According to sources in the PDP, Tassaduq, who has been already nominated as Member of Legislative Council (MLC) by Governor NN Vohra, will take oath as cabinet minister before he is inducted as legislator in the upper house.
“He will be inducted as MLC before the winter session of the state legislature starts (on January 2),” sources said.
According to the J&K Constitution, an individual can be cabinet minister for a maximum period of six months before he becomes an MLC or elected legislator.
Kashmir Reader has reported that Minister of State for Hajj and Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi, was asked to leave the ministry ahead of the induction of Tassaduq, who is his nephew. The PDP felt that three members of the Mufti family holding cabinet berths would have smacked of nepotism.