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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM (IST)

Lone thanks BJP for lending support

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6

Sajad Lone, chairman of Peoples Conference, on Tuesday thanked the BJP for lending support to Junaid Azim Mattu, who was elected the Mayor of Srinagar.

Sajad said Junaid Azim is from his party but he could not contest as a Peoples Conference candidate as the party did not have a common symbol. Though the party is registered, it is yet to be recognised for civic polls, he said.

“Srinagar, for the first time, has a Mayor from our party. I want to clarify that our candidates contested as Independent candidates and there were a good number of them,” Lone said at a press conference on Tuesday evening.

“We did not make noise, we have a good number of people who won the civic polls. We had a number of Independent candidates who supported us. I also thank the BJP as all their councillors voted for us,” he said. A total of four candidates from the BJP had won the polls.

Lone criticised the NC and the PDP for boycotting and said: “I don’t know from where their contestants emerged. The two parties took a moral high ground in the elections but their candidates emerged after elections.”

Lone said Junaid was young and educated and could lead the city in a better way. “Junaid is an educated young man. He has travelled the world and imagines how beautiful the city should look. He deserves to be the Mayor. I promise you we will work hard,” he said.

Junaid Azim Mattu was elected the Mayor of Srinagar with the support of the BJP, the PC and some Independent candidates. He said the candidates who contested the elections braved the tough circumstances.

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