Mayor of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, Junaid Azim Mattu lost the no-confidence motion on Tuesday as the motion was supported by 42 votes among the 70 councillors of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).

In the SMC, some of the councillors owing allegiance to the National Conference (NC) and some independents also voted against him.

The NC councillors apparently did so in defiance to the whip of their party leadership to abstain from the voting process.

Earlier, the National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah had made it clear that in no case his party would go along with the BJP during the voting process against the Mayor.

As per the reports, the dissidents against Mattu were led by former SMC Deputy Mayor, Sheikh Imran.

Junaid Azim Mattu belongs to the Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone, a former minister.

The BJP had a strength of 27 members in the Municipal Corporation had said that the party would indirectly support the vote against Mattu.