Junaid Azim Mattu removed as Srinagar mayor after he loses no-confidence motion

Srinagar’s Municipal Corporation Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu was on Monday removed from the post after he lost a no-confidence motion that he said some councilors had moved against him.

The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader announced his defeat in a series of tweets. “The vote of ‘No Confidence Motion’ against me, and the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference has been passed in the SMC [Srinagar Municipal Corporation] with 42 votes out of 70,” Mattu said. “The BJP, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference and some Independents have polled against the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference and Congress abstaining whip where 28 corporators abstained.”

The Congress has 17 corporators and had issued a whip, asking its members to refrain from participating in the no-confidence proceedings, according to PTI. The corporation has a total strength of 74 members, but currently four seats are vacant, according to the Greater Kashmir.

Mattu said he respected the verdict and claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the National Conference had united…

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