Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah is a three-time chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the Member of Parliament from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Mr Abdullah has won with more than 1,00,000 votes with PDP's Aga Syed Mohsin coming in second with around 36,000 votes.

Farooq Abdullah won from Srinagar for the first time in 1980; the seat was previously represented by his mother Akbar Jehan Abdullah. He vacated the seat when he became chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after his father Sheikh Abdullah's death in 1982.

Mr Abdullah would once again return to the national scene only in 2002, when his son Omar Abdullah led the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party in the state assembly elections. From 2002 to 2009, he served two consecutive terms as member of the Rajya Sabha before seeking election to Lok Sabha from Srinagar.

He also served in the Manmohan Singh cabinet in UPA-2 as Minister of New and Renewable Energy. In 2014, Mr Abdullah lost to People's Democratic Party leader Tariq Hameed Karra. However, he returned to the Lower House after winning a by-election necessitated when Karra resigned from the PDP. Mr Abdullah would avenge his defeat by wresting the seat from the PDP with a margin of over 10,000 votes.

Farooq Abdullah is seeking a key role in the grand alliance of opposition parties led by the Congress. He had even campaigned outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir for other Opposition parties such as the TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

This time, the 83-year-old faces rivals widely seen as weaker.

In his four decade career, Mr Abdullah has lost an election only once, in 2014.

Farooq Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar
Won1,06,750 votes*
JKNC
*Provisional
GenderMale
Age83
EducationGraduate Professional
ProfessionGraduate Professional
Movable Assets 1.6 crore
Immovable Assets 10.6 crore
Total Assets 12.2 crore
Income 28.6 lakh
*Data source: ADR

Other details

Place of BirthSrinagar ( Jammu & Kashmir)
Special InterestsTo work for National Health Service in India.
Favourite Pastime and RecreationPhotography, classical music and ghazals.
Sports and ClubsGolf; Member: (i) Delhi Golf Club; (ii) DLF Golf Club; (iii) Royal Spring Golf Course, Kashmir; and (iv) St. Andrews, Scotland and President, J&K Cricket Association.
Countries VisitedWidely Travelled

Positions Held

1980-82Elected to 7th Lok Sabha
1982-83Member, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly
1983-87Member, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly (second term)
1987-90Member, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly (third term)
1996-2002Member, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly (fourth term)
2002Member, Rajya Sabha
Dec. 2008-Feb. 09Member, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly (fifth term)
Feb. 2009Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (2nd term)
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
31 May 2009 - May 2014Union Cabinet Minister, New and Renewable Energy
15 April 2017Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha in a bye-election (3rd term)
19 Sept. 2018 onwardsMember, Standing Committee on Commerce
*Data source: LS

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