Tanvir Maqbool Dar

Tanvir-Maqbool-AAPA medico from south Kashmir is the latest face of ‘broom campaign’ in valley. Tanvir Maqbool Dar, 38, who claims to be active on social service front for last eight years, filed his nomination as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Islamabad parliamentary constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The day he went to file his nomination to Returning Officer at Islamabad, Mehbooba Mufti kept him waiting for nearly 2.30 hours outside. She took her time to file her own nominations. And meanwhile, Tanvir along with his supporters kept waiting with brooms in their hands.

A young orthopaedic surgeon, Dar’s name figured in the eighth list of AAP candidates for the parliamentary elections. He will contest against two veterans—NC’s Mehboob Beg and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti for 13.04 lakh voter Islamabad constituency. The constituency is spread over four districts: Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama. Voting is scheduled on April 24 in Islamabad constituency.

Tanvir’s case is a typical ‘son rise’ in politics. He is one among those young political faces in valley today who are carrying forward the political legacies of their fathers. Presently working at Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, Tanvir is the son of former Janta Dal leader, late Mohammad Maqbool Dar. Maqbool became the union minister of state of Home in the Devi Gowda govt after he won from Islamabad-Pulwama parliamentary constituency as a Janata Dal candidate in 1996. Maqbool Dar died in April 2008.

Hailing from Gopalpora village of Shangus area in Islamabad, Tanvir Dar feels “let down by the media” in Kashmir for not recognising his efforts as a “social worker”. He claims that he has been awarded with ‘Bharat Jyoti’ Award by government of India for his contribution in social work in the field of Medical science.

“I have been an active social worker since the past 8 years now,” claims Tanvir. “And it’s really disheartening that the media from my own home have failed to recognise my efforts.”

He believes that the people won’t only appreciate his efforts, but also vote for him. He denies the claims of excelling on his father’s legacy by saying that he has his own footing in the region.

Tanvir is married to Aparna Darswal aka Sana Tanvir whose total property assets have been valued at Rs 99 lakhs. While as, assets under Dar’s name have been calculated at Rs 91 lakhs in his affidavit submitted for the parliamentary elections.

– Bilal Handoo

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