Srinagar, January 23: 15 days after his father’s sad demise, the president of Peoples Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti made her first public appearance in Srinagar on Friday during a meeting with young start-up entrepreneurs of Kashmir.
However, the PDP spokesperson has called the meeting apolitical and one of the last wishes of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. But, the sources are of view that the meeting definitely has some connection with the big decision of government formation since it was held at a time when the suspense over government formation in J&K is growing everyday.
The meeting lasted three hours and about 50 start-ups shared their success stories and the difficulties that were being faced by them to which Mehbooba listened and promise to raise these issues in the Parliament as MP.
What was interesting was the inclusion of Tassaduq, the late Chief Minister’ss son, in the three-hour meeting. Tassaduq also interacted with the young entrepreneurs and shared his ideas too. “Tassaduq has some ideas and he too wants to listen to young people,” Mehbooba told the young entrepreneurs while introducing her brother to them. This has further fueled the speculations of Tassaduq’s foray into political mainstream.
After his father’s death, this is Tassaduq’s second public appearance in the last few days. He had also attended the PDP core group meet on January 17 which sparked the speculations of him joining politics.
However, while giving her comments about the meeting Mehbooba said that it was a meeting between an MP and entrepreneurs of Kashmir and not between the government and entrepreneurs. “This was reminded to me by my father when he was in the ICU and I am fulfilling his wish and will help in whatever way we can,” she was quoted as saying.
Also, one of the organiser’s of the event said that the former Chief Minister had planned to constitute awards for these start-ups and this meeting was held to appreciate these young entrepreneurs of the region.