SMC polls:Qadri defeats BJP’s Arif Raja to become Dy Mayor
14: BJP suffered a major setback after
independent corporator Parvez Ahmad Qadri defeated its candidate by nine votes
to become the deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
were in a fray for the deputy mayor’s post including Parvez Ahmad Qadri, Nakul
Matto, Arif Raja and Syed Mohammad Hussain.
Qadri got 33 out
of 65 votes polled in the elections that were held on Monday. Arif Raja of BJP
got 24 votes while congress Candidate Nakul Matto got seven votes. Another
independent candidate Syed Mohammad Hussain could manage only one vote.
The elections had
been necessitated after 47 corporators passed no-confidence motion against the
former Mayor Sheikh Imran.
“I won the election for Deputy Mayor by nine
votes. I took over the charge on the same day. My sole aim is to serve the
people of Srinagar. If people are facing
any difficulty, they can reach me anytime. I will always be available for
them,” Qadri told The Kashmir Monitor.
On December 24,
former deputy mayor of SMC Sheikh Imran resigned day after more than 47
corporators moved no-confidence motion against him.
Imran was under
detention along with several other political leaders since August 5 when Centre
scrapped Article 370 and downgraded the state into two union territories.
However, he was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau, soon after he was removed
as deputy mayor.
Imran had become
deputy mayor with the support of Congress in 2018. Later, Imran joined Sajad Lone led People’s
Conference. SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu is also a member of People’s