The victories of independent candidates in the first phase of local bodies elections encouraged the independents who will vie for different seats in the next phase to be held on December 3, 2015.

The candidates from PML-N are rejoiced the victory in LB polls in Punjab by dancing and performing “Bhangaras” on the drum beats and distributed sweets.

The main political parties especially PML-N had fielded new faces as the candidates by ignoring the old, loyal and potential party workers due to which the old party workers were disgruntled and dishearten after being rejected by the local PML-N leaderships. However, those denied the party tickets by PML-N flexed their political muscles by contesting the elections as independent candidates against the PML-N ones.

Hurt by the party’s political attitude, the old workers were in the LB polls race as independent candidates. They were hopeful to dent PML-N and win the LB polls by contesting as independent candidates in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

According to pundits, the prevailing political situation could prove very dangerous for the PML-N, as the old workers could dent it in the next phase of polls. The political observers added that the disheartened workers have strong potential to make upsets by defeating the rival candidates including PML-N in their union councils and wards in Sialkot district.

Some candidates in Daska said, “Though we are still PML-N workers, we would contest the coming LB polls as independent candidates against the PML-N candidates, as the party has denied the party tickets to us; actually the denial of party ticket was denial of our prolonged sincere political services and political loyalty.”

They added, “Contesting polls is our basic right and we would contest as independent candidates now.” They were much enthusiastic to make political upsets by defeating the main political parties.

When contacted, the PML-N leaders including Idrees Ahmed Bajwa, Shujaat Ali Pasha and Farooq Ghuman said that their party had given tickets to potential candidatesin LB polls. They said that the disheartened party workers were still precious assets of the PML-N and they should support the party candidates instead of contesting as independents.

RAID: A Health Department team raided a confectioner factory on main Sialkot-Eimanabad Road and unearthed production of adulterated and unhygienic confectioneries.

EDO (Health) Dr Javaid Warraich led the team, which seized a big quantity of unhygienic confectioneries and sealed Shama Food Factory. On the occasion, Sialkot Saddar police arrested the factory owner Javaid and Manager Abbas and sent them behind bars.