40 corporators move no confidence motion against Mayor
Srinagar, Dec 24: High drama continued in Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for the second day on Tuesday after 40 corporators moved a fresh no-confidence motion against Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu.
motion was moved barely a day after 47 corporators submitted similar motion to
oust Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran from the coveted post. Pre-empting his ouster,
Imran, who is currently under detention, submitted his resignation to the
Sectary SMC on Tuesday.
morning, 40 corporators belonging to National Conference, Congress, PDP and
independents joined hands to remove Mattu. Later few rebel corporators formally
submitted no-confidence motion in the office of secretary, SMC.
Khurshid Sanai said they have received signed letters from 40 corporators
seeking ouster of Mayor. “These corporators belonged to different parties. Few
of them are independents. We are
scrutinizing their letters,” he said.
Sanai said Mayor
will be asked to prove majority on the floor of House. “It may take us some
more time to scrutinize the letters. Later Mayor will be asked to prove his
majority on the floor of House,” Sanai added.
On the other
side, Mattu alleged that “some corporators were pressurised by certain vested
interests to vote against him”. “Almost 50 corporators have decided to support
me in the interest of people of Srinagar,” he said.
expressed willingness to prove his support on the floor of House. “My supporters have conveyed to SMC that
signatures used in the letter have been forged”, he said.
One of the
corporator, who supports Mattu, alleged that rebel corporators are being lured
by the BJP to install their own man as Mayor of SMC. “Yesterday, nearly 50
corporators expressed full confidence in Junaid Sahab. These corporates now are
being influenced by the BJP,” he said.
In the 70 member
SMC, at least 36 votes are required to pass the no-confidence motion. For the
last few weeks, anger has been brewing against Deputy Mayor with several
corporators approaching BJP seeking his removal from the coveted post. Cashing in on the anger, BJP tried hard to
convince corporators to move no confidence motion against both Mayor and Deputy