NC spokesperson quits party, to contest civic polls from Srinagar

25 Sep 2018

National Conference (NC) spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu resigned from the party today over its decision to boycott the upcoming local body and panchayat polls. Mattu said he would contest the municipal polls from Srinagar to serve the people.
"Based on my humble disagreement with the party's decision to boycott the upcoming ULB and Panchayat polls, I have just sent my resignation from the party to the JKNC general secretary," Mattu posted on Twitter. He alleged that leaving the grassroots democratic institutions "open to misrepresentation" would inflict serious harm on the state, and wreak havoc with the social fabric and cultural legacy. "I will announce my candidature for the ULB elections from Srinagar tomorrow in sha Allah and I remain committed to serving my people and helping the city I grew up in, meet the challenges it's faced with. I won't be addressing the media or taking any questions today," he added.
Mattu started his political career with the Peoples Conference, led by Sajad Lone, when the latter abandoned separatist politics to join mainstream in 2009. Mattu parted ways with Lone's party in 2013 to join the National Conference. The NC, meanwhile, accepted Mattu's resignation from the basic membership of the party. "J&K National Conference is pleased to accept the resignation of Junaid Azim Mattu from the basic membership of party," the party said on its Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday said it has taken adequate security measures to ensure free and fair polls to urban local bodies and panchayats in the state. "We have made adequate arrangements for security for these polls. 400 companies of central forces will be deployed for these polls in addition to what we already have in the form of police and other paramilitary forces," state chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam told nerwspersons here. He said the government will provide security to all the candidates who request for it and facilitate their campaigning as well.
"We have arranged accommodation for the candidates who want it at various places across the valley. We have arranged 300 hotel rooms in Srinagar for this purpose," the chief secretary said. Asked about the post election security plan for the candidates, Subrahmanyam said: "We have even plans for those who win as they will be at a higher risk." He said polling booths have been set up in clusters to ensure that the staff involved in the polls are provided security. (PTI)