Srinagar: Newly elected Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu on Tuesday said that he had never said that an alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) was akin to drinking poison.
Addressing a press conference here in Srinagar, Mattu while being flanked by Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Lone, rejected that he ever called “an alliance with the BJP was a poison.”
“Show me once where I have said it,” charged up Mattu said, while responding to a question. “Omar Abdullah aligned with the BJP when there was no compulsion to form a government. If he had 20 seats in assembly elections, he would have been at their (BJP) door too. Mehbooba Ji was with them till she was thrown out a few months ago. BJP is a reality, you might take a moral high stand and not like it but Jammu is a part of the state.”
On being asked if low turnout in the elections had any relevance in the results, Mattu said that low turnout is a phase. “There was good voter turnout in many parts, if you want focus on low turnout, then focus on Dr. Farooq Abdullah. Ask him why you are sitting in the parliament with 2.19 percentage of votes,” Mattu said.
Adding that voter turnout is not the responsibility of the candidates, Mattu further told reporters that these are spells and phases, “same happened with parliamentary elections and assembly elections. Mainstream is relevant, low or high turnout is a phase, if you like it or not.”
Mattu was elected as Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) after getting 40 votes out of 74. Mattu, the former National conference spokesperson, had filed his nomination for election to the post of Mayor as the candidate of Peoples’ Conference.