Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Parvaiz Qadri on Wednesday survived a no-confidence motion after he proved the majority on the floor of the House.
Qadri told The Kashmir Monitor that 44 corporators voted in his favor, while 26 opposed him.
On July 15, at least 38 Councilors had moved a no-confidence motion against Qadri, barely two days before the Corporation was scheduled to hold polls for Mayoral post. However, the polls were deferred after authorities amended the rules.
Qadri said two months ago 38 councilors did not want him to continue as deputy mayor and wanted a floor test. Due to the prevailing situation, the floor test was delayed.
“The councilors filed a petition in court demanding voting on the no-confidence motion. The court decided to hold the test before August 29. Corporators failed to prove majority,” Qadri noted.
On August 22, High Court directed the SMC to take the final call on the no-confidence motion against the Deputy Mayor.
While disposing of the petition by former Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu and others, a bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan had directed the Deputy Mayor to prove his majority by August 29 if the motion was found strictly under rules and regulations.
Qadri was elected Deputy Mayor after Sheikh Imran put in his papers last year. He is also acting as Mayor of Srinagar after Junaid Mattu lost the floor test on June 17.