Junaid Mattu elected as Srinagar mayor for second time

at 4:48 pm


Srinagar (NVI): Ex-Peoples Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu was today re-elected as mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for the second time.

35-year-old Mattu got 62% of the total votes in the open ballot elections which were held at SMC’s corporate hall. He was formerly associated with National Conference and Peoples Conference.

Taking to Twitter, Mattu said it is a “humbling”, “emphatic” win. “What a humbling, emphatic verdict! We have touched the 2/3rd majority mark! Thank You to my fellow Hon’ble Corporators and the people of Srinagar for your trust and faith again. Together we will all serve Srinagar and take it to new heights!” he tweeted.

He was removed from the office through a no-confidence motion back in June 2020.

Mattu defeated Sheikh Imran, former deputy mayor and bagged a total of 44 votes, out of 51. His last affiliation was with Sajad Lone’s People’s Conference. The total strength of SMC council is 74 out of which four seats are vacant.

The Mayoral elections were held today for which three candidates were in the fray- Junaid Azim Mattu, former Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran and Aijaz Rasool of Congress.

It’s important to mention here that this post was lying vacant for more than five months. BJP’s Kashmir unit has welcomed the reappointment of Mattu as a mayor and has urged him to work for the development of Srinagar.