Deputy Mayor SMC Sheikh Imran Joins Peoples Conference

SRINAGAR — Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Imran Ahmad Sheikh Friday joined the People’s Conference headed by Sajad Gani Lone.

Sheikh joined the People’s Conference at Lone’s residence in presence of senior party functionaries including general secretary Imran Ansari.

SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu was also present.

Sheikh had become the deputy mayor of SMC with Congress support.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been fighting each other publicly since November 2018 with both of them accusing each other of malpractices.

Sheikh was injured during a meeting of the corporators in January, a month after a woman corporator had accused Mattu of sexual harassment.

The mayor had claimed that the woman corporator was working at the behest of his deputy.

Now Mattu and Sheikh will be working for the same party.

The Congress alleged that Imran was forced to join People’s Conference and said it will withdraw support to him. The party accused Governor Satya Pal Malik of attempting to disintegrate the state by encouraging defections and other such tactics.

Congress State President G. A Mir said he had “credible reports that Imran was taken to Governor House and warned of consequences owing to his alleged J&K bank issue and other problems following which he was forced to join the People’s Conference,” according to a local news agency.

“We have credible reports that he was taken to Raj Bhawan where he was warned about the possible consequences of his problems with J&K Bank and other issues.” Mir  said, adding that his party will withdraw support to the Deputy Mayor.

 “The governor wants to disintegrate the J&K by such tactics and he is completing the unfinished agenda of the BJP in the state. That is why the assembly elections are not being held here.”

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