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My election as Srinagar Mayor message to those who treat politics as fiefdom: Mattu

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Junaid Azim Mattu, the newly-elected of Municipal Corporation (SMC), on Tuesday said his election was a message to those political parties which treated mainstream as their fiefdom.

Mattu, a former member of the National Conference (NC), resigned from the party's primary membership in September after it decided to boycott the urban local body (ULB) polls.

He contested the election as Independent from four wards and won from three of them.

"This is a historic election and a change has begun which will not remain confined to only. This is a message to those traditional exploiters who had made mainstream their territorial asset," Mattu told reporters here after he was elected as the

He alleged that while the NC and the boycotted the ULB polls, they tried to influence the

"The local bodies elections was 'haraam' (forbidden) but was 'halaal' (permissible) for them. They have been discredited and completely exposed," he said.

Asked about favouring him as the next of the even before the election process had kicked off, Mattu said he contested the elections with utmost honesty.

"made a remark. He thought this might happen as he has ground reports. However, we (I) have contested the elections with complete sincerity and honesty," he said.

"If the governor, in future, says Madamji (an apparent reference to Mehbooba Mufti) or (an apparent reference Omar Abdullah) will become the chief minister, then they will be all praise for him. Just because the named someone outside these two dynasties, fingers are being raised," he added.

Mattu said he would work towards making a world-class tourist city and his priority will be to improve the quality of life and enhance the dignity of the residents.

He was announced as the by Peoples Conference (PC) Lone hours after the election results were declared on October 20.

He was also supported by the BJP, which is an ally of the PC.

Asked about his anti-BJP rants during his time as NC spokesperson, Mattu said he will answer the question after and explain their associations with the saffron party in the past.

"was with them (BJP) and was eating out of same plate with them till recently. I will answer this question after they do it," he said.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:25 IST