ISLAMABAD: The popularity of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has shrunk in Pakistan’s eastern border city of Gujrat that was once considered its stronghold in the central Punjab.
On the other hand, the PML-N is all set to replace the PPP in Gujrat as a real opposition to the Chaudhrys as the People’s Party has surrendered three out of four National Assembly and five out of eight Punjab Assembly seats to the PML-Q.
In the last general elections, the PPP had won two NA and one PA seats but it remained runners-up on rest of the constituencies against ‘Q’ and ‘N’ but this is for the first time that the PPP has not fielded its candidates on all the seats of Gujrat district.
The local PPP workers are perturbed by seeing their party in total disarray as Pervaiz Elahi has challenged Ahmed Mukhtar in NA-105.
Both the allied parties have also fielded their candidates in PP-110 and PP-111, the constituencies falling under NA-105. According to analysts, Elahi and his son Moonis Elahi seem to be front runners in their constituencies whereas
Mukhtar could not even bring his disgruntled supporters and PPP workers back in the election campaign to create an impression that he is serious in contest.
The PPP while honouring the seat adjustment formula has not fielded its candidates in N-104 and NA-107 where ‘Q’ remained winner and runner-up, respectively in the last general elections whereas all the four PA seat falling under the above-mentioned NA seats have also been given to PML-Q.
A PPP stalwart from Gujrat said the leadership had actually put the party on the back foot by striking a deal with PML-Q.
NA-105 seems to be slipping away from PPP as both PA candidates under Mukhtar are new in the arena and are not expected to win.
In NA-104, Nawabzada Ghazanfar Gull under pressure from the central leadership had to withdraw. In NA-106, Qamar Zaman is facing a tough competition while Tanveer Kaira’s position is not good at all.