Srinagar: A group of 42 councillors joined together by a common denominator of fighting against corruption in SMC is going to announce its Mayoral candidate from amongst the three nominations within two or three days.
According to a statement issued by a group of councillors led by Waheed Dar, three candidates have been nominated for Mayoral election fairly and democratically. “We will announce our Mayoral candidate within two or three days from amongst the three nominated candidates to the media”, reads the statement.
According to the sources, the anti-corruption camp has already constituted a coordination committee that is entrusted the task of elected the right candidate for the upcoming mayoral election.
Sources have revealed to the media that former Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Imran is their candidate for the post of Mayor.
Meanwhile, the ex-Mayor Srinagar, Junaid Mattu, is also submitting his nomination for the post of the Mayor.
Waheed Dar, a councillor from Zakura, says, “We are 42 councillors. We have a majority. We don’t need to look for the support of other councillors, but we are still inviting them to join our anti-corruption camp.” He further added, “We are thankful for acting and deputy Mayor, Mr Parvez Ahmad Qadri, for running SMC effectively and efficiently. We are extending support of our 42 corporators to him through thick and thin. We will ensure he will stay as deputy Mayor of Srinagar as long as we are alive.”
The statement reads, “Someone who has failed to save his chair and failed in floor tests is now coming up with another ‘fear tactics’ of a no-confidence motion against deputy mayor to buy time and mislead people”. “We should understand that he has been removed from the chair and he seems to be in mental frustration”, the statement said.
Waheed Dar, the councillor from Zakura, “We are also inviting secular and like-minded councillors for their support against corruption. Our camp is open for all. Our only goal is to make SMC clean.”
“We also appreciate the efforts of SMC Commissioner, Gazanfar Ali, Joint Commissioner SMC, Syed Abul Qasim and other official and employees working in SMC in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and working day in and out for the better future of Srinagar city”, the statement reads.