Awarding seats becomes tough task for PML-N

March 04, 2013 - 12:45:03 am


PESHAWAR: The aspiring Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates have linked themselves to different party leaders in the hope of getting tickets for the coming national and provincial assembly elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

However, the party leadership, according to insiders, has its own priorities, which may let down many.

In the beginning, the people thought the party would face rift on the issue of tickets as Amir Muqam will demand a big share in the tickets.

However, things look different, especially in light of Muqam?s denial of any differences in the party on the matter.

The workers at lower level say that besides Muqam, central general secretary Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Pir Sabir Shah, too, have their own groups and everyone is trying to be dominant every time.

A provincial leader of PML-N, pleading anonymity, said that the award of tickets was a complicated issue for the party like that of nomination of the office-bearers because everyone wished to get prominent seats in the party.

And that was why some 30 or above vice and senior vice presidents were appointed at the provincial level besides on rest of the offices.

Though the leadership is trying to remove the impression of old and new workers by assuring them that all of them have equal status, the factual position will come into sight on eve of the elections where many may say goodbye to the party.

“I served the party when Mian Nawaz Sharif was in exile and no one could dare to hold protest rally or speak against then military dictator Pervez Musharraf,” a provincial vice president said, adding that he had also submitted application for a ticket of provincial assembly but it was unclear if he would get the opportunity or not.

In the past, he said the provincial level office-bearers had a say in policymaking process and the central leadership used to give them some weight in the meetings but now only a few top level leaders were called and most often individually.

He said that this time every group was in the run to get more tickets to become chief minister, saying for the purpose, the formula was very simple because every leader will have to show number of MPAs.

Besides, he said the delay in nomination of the candidates has also caused a confusion where many of the party have launched election campaigns in same constituencies and started leg pulling of each others. He said if the party did not make it clear, then the official might face their own party workers as independent candidates.