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Mufti, Mehbooba do it differently

Though united in their poll objective, the father-daughter duo of J&K CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti are divided by a generation gap.
PTI | By Jay Raina, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2004 02:58 AM IST

Though united in their poll objective, the father-daughter duo of J&K CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti are divided by a generation gap.

This shows in the style and substance of their poll campaigns —  which are generally undertaken separately — in the twin parliamentary seats of Srinagar and Anantnag.

At the moment, Mufti's campaign is focussed on Srinagar since it goes to the polls on April 26 while PDP chief Mehbooba is tied to Anantnag from where she seeks election to the Lok Sabha. Anantnag goes to the polls on May 5.

While Mehbooba is gutsy, upfront and prone to histrionics, her father makes ample use of his persuasive skills during his campaign. Mehbooba also adds value to PDP rallies by bonding with the youth and women - both old and young.

Avoiding the use of any vituperative language against his opponents, the Mufti is subtle while bringing home the point that Kashmiris have to break with the past and make a fresh beginning.

Unlike her father, Mehbooba is candid and pinpoints the constraints of the PDP-Congress coalition in fulfilling its Assembly poll promises while hitting out at the National Conference (NC) for looting public money.

However, even as the campaign planks of the father-daughter duo differ in substance, the target is the same: to push the NC a little more towards ignominy.

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