Srinagar- Four members including former Deputy Mayor Sheikh Muhammad Imran won the Executive Committee Elections of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Saturday.
Sources said that 11 Corporators had participated in the elections, which was held to fill up 4 vacant seats in the Executive Committee.
Those who were elected include former NC member Danish Bhat, Nazir Gilkar from BJP, Shafat Gafar from Congress and Independent candidate Sheikh Muhammad Imran.
Sheikh Muhamamd Imran’s victory came as a big surprise as he is not being supported by any political party.
“It is the first step towards the eradication of corruption in SMC. I am powerless. Congress betrayed me. BJP and Apni Party are allies while NC didn’t favour me and yet I bagged the seat by the grace of Almighty. My victory is a slap for those who enjoy power,” Sheikh Muhammad Imran told news agency Kashmir News Trust.
He said like-minded people supported him as they like him want to eradicate corruption from the Corporation.
Aasif Beigh who was official candidate from Congress held Chief Whip Basharat Bin Qadir responsible for his debacle. He alleged that Chief Whip of the party back stabbed him.
“BJP had only one member, how it managed to garner the support of 11 members. Congress had 17 members but its candidate got only one vote. How is it possible?,” Beigh questioned and sought action against the Chief Whip who according to Beigh always backstabbed party and its candidates.
Beigh said he will not only raise the matter with Jammu Kashmir Party president but also will approach the All-India Congress Committee where he will question Basharat Bin Qadri’s elevation.
Pertinently, Executive Committee is a powerful body where all the developmental plans and schemes for Srinagar are discussed and implemented. (KNT)
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