Junaid elected Mayor of SMC, Imran is Dy Mayor

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/7/2018 12:10:21 AM

SRINAGAR, Nov 6: Former National Conference leader, Junaid Azim Matoo, was today elected as the Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). He got support from Peoples Conference and BJP.
Congress backed independent councilor, Sheikh Imran won the deputy mayor’s post.
An official said that Matoo polled 40 out of total 70 votes in the election held at SMC office in Karan Nagar. His nearest rival Congress candidate, Ghulam Rasool Hajam got 26 votes while four votes were declared invalid.
Sheikh Imran bagged 35 votes while as his rival got 34, officials said, adding that the one vote was rejected during the elections for deputy mayor.
Matoo had resigned from National Conference to contest the municipal polls.
He had won from ward number 14, 18 and 65 of the SMC.
Shortly after the election results, Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet expressed satisfaction and said PC candidate for Mayor post registered victory. He tagged belligerent PDP leader Imran Raza Ansari, Junaid Azim Matoo and BJP leader Ram Madhav in his tweet.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, in a tweet, while congratulating Junaid said, “Junaid Mattoo, independent supported by Sajjad Lone’s People’s Conference and BJP has won the Mayor’s post of Srinagar. He polled against the combined candidate of PDP, NC and Congress by 40 votes to 26 votes. Congrats Junaid and Sajjad and all corporators."
Addressing media after his victory, Junaid said that the change has come to Srinagar.
He added that he is committed to provide better facilities to the people. “Those who are traditional exploiters had kept the mainstream as their electoral asset, but the change was inevitable and it has come to Srinagar, which is not confined to Srinagar as there is change in politics too,” he said.
Junaid added that a new beginning has just started. “Those who were in illusion that there will be no change without them has proved hoax as the change has begun in Kashmir,” he said.
He said that there are developmental plans for Srinagar city. “There is need for Srinagar’s development and we will contribute in developing it in every aspect. The dignity of common citizen has to be increased. I will work with all the corporators and our team will make changes in Srinagar,” the newly elected Mayor said.
Mattoo also said that the proxy candidates were fielded by the parties who boycotted the elections. “The parties who boycotted the elections were focusing on mayoral elections, if they boycotted the elections then why they campaigned for mayoral elections,” he said.

 

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