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

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Junaid Azim Mattu, the newly-elected mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), on November 6 said his election was a message to those political parties which treated mainstream politics 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 SMC 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 Srinagar only. This is a message to those traditional exploiters who had made mainstream politics their territorial asset," Mattu told reporters here after he was elected as the mayor.

He alleged that while the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the ULB polls, they tried to influence the mayoral election.

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

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

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

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