LAHORE - An important question has cropped up with regard to allocating tickets to the PML-N candidates after the party has reached an electoral agreement with the PML-Likeminded, and the Unification Bloc is also waiting in the wings for the same.
Since, the PML-N has no MNA from other provinces except from Punjab, the alliance in other provinces will pay dividends to party. However, the situation may be different in Punjab, the PML-N’s stronghold, where a majority of the Likeminded candidates will need to be accommodated, raising question as to how the PML-N would deal with adjusting its maximum candidates if more people from the PML-Q get into it. When contacted, PML-N Senator Pervez Rashid he said this was not a big matter for the party as the Likeminded or say from other bloc, will have the candidate in the constituencies where they already have sitting members.
About the adjustment of all 30 candidates of the Likeminded, he said they will mainly be adjusted on the PML-Q seats, which has strength of 58 in the National Assembly.
He said the NA has 272 seats and not all are with his party and the winnable will be put where party lost time.
The Senator foresaw victory of the candidates from PML-N’s platform, saying the situation would be different from the previous elections.
He said his party has on average seven aspirants for a constituency and the best one is given ticket. He said personal vote bank and other allied qualities would be kept in view while awarding tickets to the candidates. However, Rashid said the PML-N will fulfill the commitment to the Likeminded.
Earlier, the PML-N contracted an electoral marriage with the Likeminded reaching an agreement on a seat-adjustment formula for the upcoming polls.
The party hit most by this new grouping, PML-Q also has lately been distancing itself from the ruling PPP. It is unclear what future course this king’s party will adopt after permanently losing its knights.
Before signing the electoral understanding, the PML-Likeminded leaders held several rounds of talks with the PML-N bosses.
In the latest fruitful engagement, as many as 19 members of the Likeminded, headed by their chairman Hamid Nasir Chattha, called on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and finalised matters of electoral alliance and seat adjustment. They also announced joining hands in the movement against PPP-led government to force the federal rulers respect the judicial decisions.
Both the parties agreed that the Likeminded will be given a reasonable representation in the Parliamentary Board, Manifesto Committee and any other committees which could be formed in the future for the political alliance. They also reached the understanding to allow the respective party to field its candidate in the next elections in the constituency.
 where a candidate of either party is a sitting member or was a runner-up in the last elections. And where neither of the party had fielded the candidate in the last elections, the seat will be open to the both. Both PML-N and Likeminded may request ‘exceptions’ from each other to put and accommodate their strong and reasonable candidates.