Junaid Mattu, the rebel National Conference leader who resigned from the party to participate in the urban local body polls in Kashmir, was Saturday nominated as the mayoral candidate of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) by Sajjad Lone-led People’s Conference (PC).
Mattu contested the municipal polls as an independent on four wards out of which he won in three.
“Congratulations to PC Mayoral Candidate @Junaid_Mattu and the victorious candidates from PC for heralding a new change in Srinagar and thanks to Irfan Ansari and all my senior colleagues for his successful campaign management during the ULB elections,” Lone, a former minister, wrote on Twitter.
He said his party was sure of getting the mayoral position in Srinagar.
“I had earlier mentioned that we don’t have a common symbol allotted to us. That is the reason our candidates r (are) shown as independents. We have taken six towns and are sure of getting the mayoral position in Srinagar,” Lone said.
In response to his nomination to the mayoral post, Mattu said, “I am humbled by my nomination by @JKPC_ as the Mayoral Candidate and join @sajadlone in congratulating all the victorious candidates.”
“We have emerged as the single largest group by a convincing margin and will be heading the movement for change in Srinagar in sha Allah (God willing),” Mattu tweeted.
Mattu had joined the National Conference (NC) in 2013 after ditching the People’s Conference.
He resigned from the NC after the party decided not to contest the civic polls.