Ready to ally with ‘secular’ councillors in SMC: Congress

Ready to ally with ‘secular’ councillors in SMC: Congress
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Saturday said that the party was ready to join hands with “secular-minded” winning candidates or groups to lead the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Independents have won most of the 27 seats in the 74-ward body. Independents have won in 15 wards, followed by Congress which has won in 10 wards.
“I would appeal to all the winning candidates who have secular ideology and believe in this mission of not having a communal (forces)-backed committee or mayor, at least in Srinagar. We are ready to go with or take along any group which comes forward to stop communal forces,” JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir told reporters here.
Mir said the party put in its best efforts to stop the designs and plans of the “communal forces” that could “ruin” the state.
He said the Congress party would have no hesitation to go with anyone who is “ready to support a secular front”.
“So far as the SMC is concerned, we are open to all those secular-minded people whether they are independents or proxies. We will have no hesitation to go with anyone whosoever is ready to support a secular front,” he said.