Sunday, 30 November 2014

PML-N lawmaker’s joining PTI may create conflicts within party

PML-N lawmaker’s joining PTI may create conflicts within party

PML-N lawmaker’s joining PTI may create conflicts within party

GUJRAT: PML-N lawmaker Ijaz Chaudhry’s joining the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is being termed a fresh approach for the party in Mandi Bahauddin district, but it will have to face a conflict here due to the local rival groups within the party.
Besides Ijaz two more electables, including PML-N’s disgruntled district president and former MPA Dewan Mushtaq Ahmed and Chaudhry Arshad Kuku -- a scion of former MPA Ghulam Rasool Gondal, have announced joining the PTI in a meeting with party chief Imran Khan in Islamabad.
Mushtaq had been a PML-N loyalist in Mandi Bahauddin district throughout the testing times of the Musharraf regime, but the party had ignored him and awarded a ticket to his rival Hameeda Waheeduddin. Both Mushtaq and Kuku had contested as independent candidates in the 2013 general elections and been allies of Chaudhry in the past two elections.
Local political commentators are of the opinion that the PTI in a bid to lure more electables in Punjab had been accepting rival groups, which could prove fatal for it in the coming elections while choosing candidates.
Former MNAs Zafarullah Tarrar and Tariq Tarrar Raika were already in the PTI from the same constituency of NA-108, and had been Chaudhry’s rivals for a long time.
Chaudhry, who had first become an MNA as a PML-Q candidate in 2002, had never been treated well by the senior PML-N leadership since joining the party in the 2008 general elections when the ticket was awarded to stalwart and former MNA Mumtaz Ahmed Tarrar.
Even in the 2013 elections, Nawaz Sharif awarded ticket to his old colleague Mumtaz by ignoring Chaudhry, who contested as an independent candidate and won by defeating Mumtaz.
According to analysts, the PML-N might not lose in Mandi Bahauddin as it still had enough choices there, while the PTI had also definitely gained much-needed momentum in the district politics.

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