LAHORE – In the backdrop of the discussions being held among the Unification Bloc members to devise an independent strategy for the Senate polls, an additional secretary of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat has sent a SMS to the Bloc MPAs not to propose or second any candidate for the Upper house of the Parliament without the consent of the PML-N’s top leadership, claimed the sources in the PML-Q dissident group on Friday.Sources in the Unification Bloc, while quoting a founding member of the group, claimed that the additional secretary sent a SMS stating, “The Chief Minister is pleased to ask you that no member should propose or second any candidate for the Senate without the consent of the PML-N’s top leadership.”They further quoted the same member, saying the same message was sent to the PML-N MPs.They added that the leader told them that they along with the PML-N’s Punjab Assembly members often received the message from the DMG officer posted at the CM’s Secretariat for attending the Punjab Assembly session whenever the session was summoned.The founding member of the group was quoted as saying that he was sitting beside a senior member of provincial government’s team when he passed on the instructions to the additional secretary to send the stated SMS after getting directives from the big boss on phone.Sources say a substantial number of the group, who are still sitting on the fences despite offering support to the ruling PML-N, think that they may succeed in getting some promises regarding their political future by using the Senate polls as a bargaining chip, as many of them are still not sure whether they will get the PML-N ticket in the next elections or not.They added that the Unification Bloc, which claims the support of around 47 dissident members of the PML-Q, could rally behind the PML-N, if they got strong assurances about their political future from the party’s high command. Sources say the disenchanted members of the Bloc, especially those belonging to the areas considered to be the strongholds of the PML-N, believe that it may not be possible for them to carry on with the PML-N without solid promises about the tickets and their ‘say’ in the affairs of the provincial government. None of the founding members of the Bloc talk to this scribe on the record; however, a key member of the group, while seeking anonymity, confirmed the reports about the said SMS.