Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 2 hours, 10 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
PML-N clean sweep in by-polls hits PPP, PML-Q
By Tariq Butt December 06, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s clean sweep in Tuesday’s by-elections in Punjab dampened hopes that the alliance between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and PML-Q will damage it irreparably by performing much better than 2008.

A close look at the final unofficial results of the by-polls indicates that the PML-N votes considerably went up compared to its tally of the last general elections. On the contrary, the PPP-PML-Q combine was unable to produce electoral dividends for being partners as against wide expectations.

The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) too failed to make an impact in the Sahiwal where Rai Hassan, who joined it some back, contested NA-162 as independent candidate, but bagged almost the same number of votes that he had secured in 2008. However, Zahid Iqbal, who had fought the previous parliamentary polls on the PPP ticket, now got 5,000 more votes as PML-N nominee.

The by-election to NA-107 Gujrat was extremely important for the mere fact that the PML-Q’s top bosses, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, hail from this district. PML-N nominee Hanif Malik bagged massive votes, 106,658, which was a record in the by-elections. PML-Q candidate Rehman Naseer, backed by the PPP, got 76,200 votes. In 2008, PML-N’s Jamil Malik had clinched 75,205 votes, Rehman Naseer 69,101 and PPP’s Raja Masood 14,948.

Even if the votes of PPP and PML-Q which they got in 2008 are put together, they are less than what the PML-N contestant has now pocketed.

In the by-poll to the Punjab Assembly seat PP-226 Sahiwal, Chaudhry Jamshaid (14,209), son of PTI leader Saeed Gujjar, contested as independent and was defeated with a big margin by PML-N’s Mohammad Hanif (42,294 votes). Also routed was PPP-PML-Q coalition’s nominee Asim Iqbal (35,369 votes).

The PPP-PML-Q alliance can take pride in winning the only seat, PP-133 Narowal, in Punjab.

In the by-election to PP-92 Gujranwala, PML-N’s Nawaz Chohan clinched 36,419 votes and PPP-PML-Q Lala Asad 16,988 votes. In 2008, Nawaz Chohan’s close relative Ashraf, also a PML-N candidate, had got 24,632 votes while PPP’s Lala Shakeel 23,892 votes. This time, Chohans’ votes went up while his rival coalition’s tally came down.
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Form JC or face another plan, PM warned
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) workers burned tyres and put up barriers to close several roads in Lahore as part of its Plan-C to shut down the major city on Mo..
Protesting parties can’t stop development: Sharif
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Shraif on Monday said the government’s Plan-D was for development in contrast to the Plan-D of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) for destr..
Court orders arrest of PAT chief
LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday declared Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahir-ul Qadri proclaimed offender in Rawalpindi vandalism case. The ATC ..
200 cameras to monitor PTI shutdown
ISLAMABAD: As the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) blocks Lahore at 18 important points on Monday as part of its shutter-down campaign, the Punjab government will record eac..
KP officials fear of threats to Afridi
ISLAMABAD:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government fears that the powers supporting Dr Shakil Afridi, who allegedly ran a fake vaccination campaign at the behest of the CIA to ..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright