Mayor Junaid Matoo is c/o BJP, says Congress
'PC has only 4 corporators and they cannot elect a mayor'
Srinagar: A day after Junaid Azim Matoo was elected as Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), the state Congresssaid that the Matoo is a BJP owned Mayor and not of Peoples conference (PC).
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president, G A Mir in a statement issued here rejected the claim of PC led by SajadGani Lone that they have won the post of Mayor in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, saying that “Matoo is BJP owned Mayor not of PC, as that, the PC had only 4 Corporator in the corporation.”
Mir said that BJP used both State and Centre Govt to ensure that Matoo wins Mayoral elections, even the Governor had hinted about it, besides the new Municipal Amendment laws 2018, which was introduced without being debated was enforced to encourage horse-trading for the post of Mayor.
Commenting on the election of Matoo as Mayor, Mir said, “PC cannot claim to have won Mayoral elections for the fact, it has only 4 Members in the Corporation, who cannot elect Mayor at their own.”
“The matter of the fact is that Junaid Mattu is BJP owned Mayor who was elected with the blessing of Nagpur,” the JKPCC Chief said.
“BJP used money, power and official machinery to woo the Corporators to ensure that Matoo becomes Mayor of Srinagar, as that, he was not a PC Candidate, but BJP owned Candidate,” said the JKPCC Chief.
“Even office of the Governor was used to get Matoo elected as Mayor, besides the subsequent visit of Home Minister Raj Nath Singh and Ram Madhav was part of the game,” the state Congress Chief added.
He said that the recent visit of Home Minister to valley was another maneuvering on the part of the Central Govt to gear up the Official Machinery and State Administration to take reigns of Srinagar Municipal Corporation through Matoo.
“It is the responsibility of every secular and right thinking person to rise to the occasion to defeat the conspiracies and politics of exploitation on the part of BJP-RSS combine,” Mir said.