Srinagar: The newly re-elected Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu, on Friday formally joined Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) at the party’s head office in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, KNO reported.
Mattu was welcomed in the party fold by its president and former minister Syed Altaf Bukhari.
Many leaders including former minister Ashraf Mir were present on the occasion.
Junaid after joining the welcoming ceremony stated that he has joined JKAP as this is the party which believes in politics of delivery.
Mattu joined Sajad Lone’s People’s Conference in 2009 and served as the Srinagar district president for the party.
In 2013, he switched to the National Conference and served as its spokesman before switching back to the People’s Conference to later contest the Srinagar municipal corporation elections in 2018.
Mattu was elected as the Mayor of Srinagar on November 6, 2018.
In June 2020, Mattu was removed as the SMC mayor after he lost a no-confidence motion moved against him in the city body.
On November 25, 2020, Mattu returned as the mayor of the SMC, defeating Sheikh Imran, his former deputy mayor who too was removed from office last year through a no-confidence motion.
In the election, Junaid was backed by BJP and Congress, while NC, PC and PDP alleged that their corporators were manhandled and forcibly stopped from voting at the behest of BJP of which JKAP is accused to be a ‘B-team’.