Srinagar, Dec 23:
Crisis in Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has deepened after more than 47
corporators moved a no-confidence motion against Deputy Mayor Sheikh Mohammad
Imran seeking his ouster from the coveted post.
corporators expressed full confidence in Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu.
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
corporators snubbed BJP and submitted no-confidence against Deputy Mayor
only. Sources said 47 corporators, who
submitted no confidence motion, represent different political parties including
National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, Peoples
Conference and Independents.
Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had officially boycotted the
Municipal and Panchayat polls last year.
“This is actually
a grand alliance of Congress, PC, NC, PDP and independent candidates. We all
gathered today and expressed full confidence in Mayor. We want a new deputy
mayor, who can actually work for the development of our respective wards,” said
one of the corporates.
In the 70 member
SMC, at least 36 votes are required to pass the no-confidence motion.
Mudasir Ahmad Banday confirmed that corporators have submitted a no-confidence
motion against Deputy Mayor. “I can’t tell you the exact number of corporators
who voted against Deputy Mayor. Scrutiny is still going on and we are assessing
the papers submitted by the corporators,” he said.
Khurshid Sanai, however, said around 47 corporators have submitted
no-confidence motion against Deputy Mayor. “They have sought removal of Deputy
Mayor but expressed full confidence in the leadership of Mayor,” he said.
After getting the
numbers, supporters of different corporators burst fire crackers to celebrate
the ouster of Sheikh Imran. It however created a panic in the area with
commuters running helter skelter for safety.