Junaid Mattu Unseated In Srinagar Municipal Corporation

by Khalid Bashir Gura

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu has been toppled after 42 of 72 corporators passed a no-confidence motion against him while the rest 28 abstained from voting.

The Mayor announced his dethroning on Twitter with a thread of tweets and the change in his bio on the social media platform which now reads, “Former Mayor of Srinagar.”

“The vote of ‘No Confidence Motion’ against me, and the @JKPC_ has been passed in the SMC with 42 votes out of 70. The @BJP4India, @JKNC_ and some independents have polled against the @JKPC_ and @INCIndia abstaining whip where 28 Corporators abstained,” he tweeted.

While Junaid said he “respected the verdict”, he added, “The seemingly unthinkable seems to have happened as @JKNC and @ BJP4India have come together in Srinagar.” Time to spend some time with my family after nearly four months of our war against #COVID19, the former Mayor added.

In the thread of his tweets, the former Mayor writes, “For those who know me – they would know that I take this verdict with humility and my chin up! I am committed to serving the people of Srinagar to the best of my abilities now and also in the future,” he tweeted.

“I express gratitude to  @JKPC_  especially our Chairman @sajadlone  Sahab as well as my JKPC colleagues in SMC! I also express gratitude to JKPCC @INCIndia  President @GAMIR_INC and colleagues from INC who voted for me. I’ll continue to work with you and uphold your trust!” he added.

The former Mayor while revealing about his immediate plans tweeted, “  Looking forward to spending a LOT of time with my family! Have missed out on my daughter’s sweet little milestones especially in the last 6 months due to work. I will be writing about this and the unexpected alliance forged in SMC in due time. For now – time to kick back!”

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