My own people behind no-confidence-motion against me: Sheikh Imran
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SRINAGAR: Outgoing Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Sheikh Imran on Thursday alleged that his own people were behind no-confidence motion against him.
In a statement he said, “I am in jail for the last five months not for any criminal activities but for raising voice for my people. I came to know about no-confidence motion through news. No correspondence or notification was sent to me in this regard. I approached the jail superintend day before yesterday and told him that a no-confidence motion has been reportedly moved against me. I applied for the parole and wanted to know who was behind no-confidence motion against me. Reportedly I heard that my own people moved no-confidence motion against me.”
“But neither I was given a parole nor any official correspondence has come to me. Then all of a sudden I was told whether I want to go for floor test or not. I told them that I need to meet my councillors before going for floor test. For the last five months I don’t have any idea what is happening outside. Today I heard that I have been removed as deputy mayor without giving me a chance to prove majority. Is it a democracy where an elected representative is being put in jail and no-confidence motion is moved against him?” Imran asked.
While seeking intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “I feel there is no political and democratic space left. I appeal to Hon’ble Prime Minister that from Red Fort he addressed Kashmiris and told them to participate in elections. Despite threatening boycott calls, we contested for the sake of democracy. Then after getting elected, I was put behind the bars. I was in politics for just six months when I was jailed and then a no-confidence motion was moved against me. This democracy is a question mark and it should be heard by the people and leadership of India. Is this kind of democracy anywhere in the world?” he appealed.