Srinagar Mayor faces another challenge to his survival in SMC

Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu.

Srinagar, (Samajweekly) If Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu, survives the no confidence motion brought against him by his opponents, Mattu would get a second lease of life as the city’s top elected functionary.

Mattu had survived a no confidence motion against him on December 26, 2019.

Srinagar municipal corporation has 74 members, out of which 27 belong to the BJP and the rest are Independents and those belonging to the National Conference and the Congress.

BJP spokesman has confirmed that the party supports the motion against the Mayor indirectly, but the National Conference Vice-President and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, has made it clear that his party has no intention of going along with the BJP.
Mattu has asserted that the Congress is also not going to support the no confidence motion against him.

The no confidence motion has been filed by former Deputy Mayor, Sheikh Imran, who is an Independent member of the corporation.

“We will fight this democratically and legally as this is yet another litmus test for the mainstream. This is the second such attempt in six months and we are certain of proving our majority and defeating this blatantly illegal, undemocratic manoeuvring,” Mattu posted in Twitter.

Mattu belongs to the People’s Conference headed by former minister, Sajad Lone.