Srinagar Deputy Mayor Removed

Sheikh Imran - File Pic

SRINAGAR - The deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Sheikh Imran, was removed from his post on Monday after a majority of corporators passed a no-confidence motion against him, an official said.

An application seeking removal of the deputy mayor was signed by 47 of the total 70 corporators, SMC commissioner Khurshid Sanai said.

A new deputy mayor will be elected in the next three to four days, Sanai said.

Imran has been under detention at MLA Hostel here along with several other political leaders after the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into Union territories.

He became the deputy mayor of the SMC with Congress' support after the urban local body polls in November last year.

Later, Imran had joined Sajad Lone-led People's Conference. SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu is also a member of the same party.

52 Councilors Support Srinagar Mayor

Over 50 councilors from Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Monday extended support to incumbent Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Matuu.

Sources said that councilors from Peoples Conference, National Conference and Congress parties in a written communiqué expressed their desire to support SMC Mayor Junaid Azam Matuu. Some of the independent Councilors have also supported Matuu.

A councilor said that they extended support to Junaid Azan Matuu to keep BJP at bay. He said that BJP was mulling to install its own Mayor for Srinagar city.

“We decided to support the incumbent Mayor to foil the designs of BJP. It was a collective decision taken in the interest of people,” he said.

At present, there are 70 councilors in Srinagar city who are affiliated with different political parties.

Some of the councillors said that only PDP councilors have not extended their support to Matuu.

The councilors who supported Matuu set crackers in fire that created panic in Karan Nagar area. A shopkeeper said that they had decided to close their business before it dawned upon us that these crackers were set in fire at SMC office.

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