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Ex-NC leader Mattu elected Srinagar Mayor with support from BJP, Peoples Conference

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Former National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu, who quit the party to contest the urban local body polls in and Kashmir, was elected of the Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Tuesday with the support from the BJP and the Peoples Conference.

Mattu secured 40 votes while candidate for the mayoral post got 26 votes in the 74-member SMC, of the civic body Peer told

Mattu resigned from the primary membership of the National Conference (NC) in September after the party decided not to contest the urban local body polls till the Centre made clear its position on Article 35-A of the Constitution, which has been challenged before the

Mattu contested the SMC election as Independent from four wards, winning from three of them.

He was announced as the by Lone hours after the election results were declared on October 20.

The emerged as the single largest party in the SMC with 16 seats but fell way short of 38, the number of seats required to take control of the corporation.

While the Peoples Conference had four, the had five candidates elected to the corporation. There are 53 Independent corporators.

Lone, who was a in the PDP-BJP coalition government in and Kashmir from the BJP quota, is seen as instrumental in garnering support for Mattu's election, along with rebel PDP

However, Mattu's election as of the SMC has been clouded by remarks of and Kashmir during an interview to a private TV channel last month.

Malik had, without naming Mattu, said was getting "foreign educated mayor" which would send jitters among the regional parties such as the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which did not take part in the elections.

The political parties had said the Governor's remarks had put question mark on the whole election process.

The NC and the PDP boycotted the election over the issue of Article 35-A, which according special powers to the with regard to permanent residents of the state.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 14:30 IST