An Interesting Comeback, Junaid Azim Mattu Mayor Again

SRINAGAR: The former Mayor and ex-Peoples Conference leader, Junaid Azim Mattu was on Wednesday elected Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC)

Former Peoples Conference leader Junaid Azam Maattu showing victory sign after being re-elected as Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

According to the news agency KNO the votes bagged by him was not immediately known.

As per the sources,  Mattu has defeated his rival Sheikh Imran,  who is former Deputy Mayor SMC.

Junaid Azim Mattu has been elected as the mayor. He got votes of 44 councillors out of 70. SMC council is 74 seats of which four seats are vacant. There were three contestants: Mattu, Sheikh Imran and Aijaz Rasool of Congress. Rasool withdrew from the race. Imran got seven votes and Mattu 44. As many as 19 councillors abstained from voting.  Congress supported Imran but failed to translate all the votes it claims its own. Mattu had lost the vote of confidence in June 2020,  after being the Mayor since 2018.

Mattu was earlier with NC and then joined Peoples Conference. He later quit the Sajad Lone led party.

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