SMC Corporators move no-confidence motion against Mayor

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu on Thursday said a no-confidence motion has been moved against him at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party and asserted that he enjoyed a majority in the municipal corporation and would take on the challenge democratically and legally.

“Been informed that BJP has sought a ‘Vote of No Confidence’ in the SMC against me. Those who have submitted the motion are either elected members/office bearers of BJP or unambiguously associated with BJP. This is the second such motion by BJP against me within six months,” Mattu said.

In December last year, he had defeated a similar attempt by a group of corporators to vote him out of position.

Quoting  BJP’s media in-charge for Kashmir, Manzoor Bhat, newspaper Hindustan Times reported that 27 corporators affiliated with the party have moved the motion and that around 15 more members have extended support to it. The SMC has 74 wards.

SMC secretary also confirmed that a no-confidence motion has been moved against the mayor by some corporators.

In a series of tweets, he blamed the National Conference, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for joining hands to move a no-confidence motion against him.

While hinting that the corporators of the three parties are coming together to topple him as the city mayor, Mattu tweeted: “If @BJP4India @INCIndia and @JKNC_ are actually coming together to vote me out — I wear it as a badge of honour! BJP and Congress have never allied in the country’s history and if they want to ally now against us, I couldn’t ask for a greater validation of my dignity.”

Shortly after the SMC mayor’s tweet, the National Conference spokesperson had denied it. “The party has no understanding or inclination to have an understanding with the BJP. Neither in the SMC nor elsewhere,” the spokesperson said.

BJP state spokesperson, Altaf Thakur said the majority of corporators are not happy with Mattu and they want former deputy mayor Sheikh Imran as the SMC mayor. “We have nine members and they will support Sheikh Imran. This time, the no-confidence motion will be successful as corporators of all parties are not happy with Mattu and feel he is neglecting their wards,” he said.

“Mattu became the mayor with help of former governor Satya Pal Malik. “We have nothing to do with his position as a mayor. Some people having roots in Delhi are trying to dislodge him. A few months ago, he had managed to defeat the no-confidence motion with the help of these corporators who are now trying to defeat him,” newspaper The Hindustan Times quoted Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmad Mir as having said

Mir said the Congress has 17 corporators in the SMC and they have nothing to do with the BJP. “The BJP has only three members. How can they bring him down? However, there are many disgruntled corporators in the SMC who want Mattu out because according to them he is not an able leader.”

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