Srinagar, Dec 16:
BJP is all set to anoint its own Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Srinagar Municipal
Corporation (SMC) after the party engineered a coup to dethrone Junaid Azim
Mattu and Sheikh Imran from their coveted posts.
BJP, which has
just four members in SMC, is banking on the rebel corporators to replace Mayor
and Deputy Mayor. Party sources said
they have managed to rope in enough corporates to reach the majority mark of 36
in the 70 member SMC.
“We were actually
receiving complaints from corporators against lack of development in their
wards. We asked them to unite so that we have our own mayor and deputy mayor
who could perform better,” said a BJP leader.
Sources said BJP
high command has deputed Kashmir in-charge Sunil Sharma to talk to corporators
before submitting no confidence motion against Mattu and Imran
“Sharma held a
meeting with corporators at an undisclosed location recently. He was trying to
sense the mood before submitting no-confidence motion against Mayor and Deputy
Mayor. More than 44 corporators reposed faith in the party,” said the leader.
party high command is going to take a final call about the candidates for the
posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. “We
want a Mayor and a Deputy Mayor who actually can work for the development of
Srinagar. Even proxies of Congress and National Conference want them to be
removed,” they said.
Last week, the party filed a case against
Deputy Mayor for “threatening” one of the corporators Wajahat Ahmad. “He was
threatening corporator because his counterparts in SMC were expressing desire
to dethrone Mayor and Deputy Mayor,” a senior BJP leader said.
in-charge Sunil Sharma admitted that many corporators met him last week and
expressed desire to oust Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
visit Kashmir since I am in-charge of Kashmir. Some corporators came to my
office and complained against Mayor and Deputy Mayor. I asked them that it was
their mandate. I have no role to play,” he said.