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Congress files nomination for mayor, deputy mayor.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Friday submitted nominations for mayor and deputy mayor in Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).

For mayor, Ghulam Rasool Hajam and deputy mayor Sheikh Imran filed their nominations respectively on Friday evening. Today was the last day for filing  nominations for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor elections for which are scheduled to be held on 6 November.

We are having the support of independents. Srinagar will have mayor and deputy mayor from Congress,” said Congress, vice president, G N Monga, who accompanied the candidates while they submitted their nominations for mayor and deputy mayor. “Maximum number of independent councilors are with us as we are secular force,” he added.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, JKPCC president, G A Mir, said that said the election to the post of mayor and deputy mayor of SMC “was a battle between secular and communal forces.”

“The Congress has emerged as the single largest party in the elections to the SMC held last month. It is a battle between the Congress-led secular front and the communal forces sponsored by the RSS and the BJP,” Mir told reporters here. Mir expressed confidence that the Congress candidate will be the mayor of the SMC as the party has received “overwhelming support from the independent secular-minded corporators”.

He criticized the move of the state government to amend the Municipal law by bringing an ordinance that would allow a secret ballot for the election for these posts. “Why has the amendment been brought in for the last phase of election? They should have done it before the urban local bodies elections were notified,” he said. “There is a process of secret ballot in the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council in the state where a voter has to show his vote to the agent of the candidate he is voting for,” he said.

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