Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is all set for a floor test on Tuesday and all arrangement regarding that have been finalized, while independent group Sunday claimed that they had the support of more than 43 corporators.A senior official at SMC told Rising Kashmir that all arrangements have been finalized regarding the floor test scheduled on Tuesday and both parties have directed to prove their majority.“We have got proper permission from Deputy Commissioner Office for a special session of SMC’s General Council at Banquet Hall on Tuesday. Following the situation, all SOP’s would be followed,” he said.As per the official, no-confidence motion was filed by Waheed Dar, who is a corpoartor from Zakura ward along with the support of 42 other corporators against the Mayor Junaid Mattu.Dar, who is also heading an independent group of corporators at SMC, claimed that they would elect new Mayor as they have a full majority and stated that people want to get rid of the corruption. He alleged that the incumbent Mayor has not done a single developmental work since past two years. SMC had become a hub of corruption,” Dar alleged.He said barring 3-4 wards, no funds were provided to the wards that halted developmental works in these places. In SMC’s every section, there is corruption which needs to be ended,” Dar said.As per Dar, they have the support of 43 corporators and it can also go beyond 50 on Tuesday. There was no development since past two years, even there were more scams than achievements in SMC, he said.While replying to development of Sheikh Imran as the next Mayor, he said presently they have decided to nominate 6-8 names for the Mayor post which would be revealed on Wednesday.SMC comprises 74 wards but four had remained vacant in the urban local body elections of 2018. The no-confidence motion needs 36 votes but both parties would decide their fate on Tuesday.However, SMC Corporator Tanvir Hussain Pathan from Zadibal ward told Rising Kashmir that they will try their best to defeat such forces that are hungry for power.“Whether we would remain in power or not, we will continue to serve our people,” Pathan said adding that despite having health issues , Mattu was on the front line during the pandemic.Pathan who is a close associate of Mattu condemned the dual politics of several parties in the SMC. “Mayor was doing groundwork, reaching out to people and it was becoming a political threat for some people in Kashmir,” he said.“Some people have kept corporators in their hotels and people are being stopped and are being harassed,” he said.
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