Backed By BJP-Cong In SMC Mayor Election, Junaid Azim Mattu All Set To Join Apni Party

SRINAGAR: Backed by BJP and Congress in recently held Mayor election, the newly elected Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Junaid Azim Mattu is all set to join Apni Party on Friday, sources said.

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

Reliable sources told news agency KDC that Junaid is all set to join the Altaf Bukhari led Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) and the announcement is likely to be made in today afternoon.

Pertinently, Junaid Mattu was initially associated with National Conference and had resigned from NC to join Sajjad Lone led people’s conference.

Citing disagreement over boycott of J-K civic polls Mattu had contested the ULB elections and had become the Mayor of the city.

Peoples Conference recently had disassociated itself from Junaid Azim Mattu.

Junaid once again contested Mayor Elections, held on Tuesday, which he won with 44 votes as against 7 votes bagged by his opponent and former Deputy Mayor SMC, Sheikh Mohammad Imran.

Pertinently in this election, which was marked with violence, Junaid was backed by BJP and Congress, while NC, PC and PDP alleged that their corporators were manhandled and forcibly stopped from voting at the behest of ruling party clear the way for Junaid Azim Mattu to get elected to the chair of City Mayor.

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