Tug-off war is on

Tug-off war is on
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Finally the newly elected councilors of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation have taken oath and in coming days Srinagar would also get a new Mayor.
These councilors were elected in the recently held Urban Local Bodies polls, which witnessed a very low voter turnout. The contestants were kept at the highly fortified hotels and their identities were kept a secret. There are nearly 74 councilors, who are a part of the newly formed SMC. Among the newly elected councilors 24 are women.
Hectic lobbying is going on for the Mayor’s post. Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone has already declared that Mayor would be from his party as most of the independents who have won the elections belong to his party. On the other hand BJP has been claiming that it would play a pivotal role in deciding who would be the Mayor of Srinagar.
According to the media reports National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party are also trying to woo the newly elected counselors. Speculations are rife that PDP is more active and is trying to have its say for the Mayor’s post. The PDP reportedly wants to control SMC through its proxies.
Sajad Gani Lone had recently claimed that the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has already met a few councilors and has tried to motivate them to be with the PDP.
Former NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu, who left NC to contest the ULB polls, was projected as the Mayor of Srinagar even before the elections were held. Now it remains to be seen whether the predictions would come true or someone else would steal the show.
Despite voter turnout being low and major political parties, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party staying away from the process, tug-off war is on.