Former Union minister’s son in Fray from Islamabad

KL Report


The son of former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mohammad Maqbool Dar is among the candidates contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election from Islamabad constituency.

Tanvir Maqbool Dar filed his nomination papers on Wednesday. A doctor by profession, Tanvir will be contesting on the mandate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

His father Maqbool Dar, become the Union Minister of state in the Deva Gowda ministry after he won from Islamabad-Pulwama parliamentary constituency as a Janata Dal candidate in 1996.

He won the parliamentary seat on Janata Dal ticket when almost all the major political parties stayed away from the polls. However Dar later joined the Congress.

Maqbool Dar died in April 2008. He first won from Shangus assembly constituency as an independent candidate in 1983 after he defeated his National Conference (NC) rival.

Now after six years of his death, Maqbool Dar’s son, Tanvir, has also jumped into the politics and he is contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election from Islamabad.

More than 83 per cent of the 1,600 polling stations in Islamabad Lok Sabha constituency have been designated as hypersensitive or sensitive by the election authorities.

Islamabad Lok Sabha constituency is  spread over four districts of Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir. Voting is scheduled on April 24 in Islamabad constituency.

Mehbooba Mufti of PDP and Dr Mehboob Baig of NC are the main contesters from south Kashmir seat.


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