Jammu and Kashmir: Junaid Azim Mattu has been elected as the Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Tuesday with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Conference. Also Read - Will Never Bow My Head Before BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee, Calls Saffron Party More Dangerous Than Maoists
The former National Conference leader who quit the party to contest the urban local body polls in the state received at least 40 votes while Congress candidate Ghulam Rasool Hajam who stood for the post of mayor and got 26 votes in the 74-member Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Also Read - Muslim Actors, Makers Should Write in Affidavits They Won't Insult Hindu Gods: ABAP on Tandav Row
Commissioner of the civic body Peer Hafizullah confirmed the same. Mattu had resigned from the primary membership of the NC in the month of September after the party decided not to contest the urban local body polls. This decision was taken and was to be maintained until the Centre made clear its position on Article 35A of the Constitution, which has been challenged before the Supreme Court. Also Read - Here's the Cheque But...: Digvijaya Singh Donates Rs 1.11 Lakh For Ram Temple With One Condition
Mattu contested the SMC election as an independent candidate from four wards. He won from three of the wards and was announced as the mayoral candidate by Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone hours after the election results were declared on October 20. It must be noted that Mattu’s election as Mayor of the SMC was clouded by remarks of J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik during an interview to a private TV channel last month.
Malik had pointed out that Srinagar was getting a “foreign educated mayor” which would create a sense of unsteadiness among the regional parties such as the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which did not take part in the elections.
The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the SMC with 16 seats but fell short of 38, the number of seats required to take control of the corporation. While the Peoples Conference had four, the BJP had five candidates elected to the corporation. There were at least 53 Independent corporators.