SRINAGAR: Junaid Azim Mattu has been elected as the next Mayor of Srinagar. The corum of the newly elected Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) had met for the first time after taking the oath of office and elected the leader.

Junaid Mattu addressing a press conference after elected as a Mayor Of SMC on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

Mattu, who was a member of the Peoples Conference before he joined the National Conference (NC) and remained its spokesman for many years. In the run-up to the Municipal Polls, he quit the party and contested independently from four wards in Srinagar. He lost at one ward and won from three other wards in a low polled election.

Mattu has joined Lone after quitting the NC. Now he will hold office as Peoples Conference (PC) leader. “Hopeful that change will dawn on the city tomorrow,” Sajad Lone tweeted last night. “Best of luck Junaid_Mattu in the mayoral elections. This will the first time that JKPC_ will be inshallah heralding change in the city of Srinagar. The city deserves a well-educated mayor.” After the results came out, he tweeted again, this time adding Ram Madhav and Imran Raza Ansari: “Congrats. PC mayoral candidate wins.” Lone is a BJP ally.

Imran Raza Ansari tweeted: “wish you all the best and may Srinagar shine under your Mayorship.”

Mattu has polled 40 votes and defeated the Congress rival who was supported by almost every other political force in the city. His rival that Congress had put up secured only 26 votes as four were declared invalid.



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