LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed PML-N legislators to maintain a close liaison with the people to address their grievances and dispel the impression that they have been left alone after the election

Reliable sources confided the prime minister, while taking stock of the by-election in Lahore in discussion, informally held a meeting with the party toppers and expressed displeasure over the loss of a Punjab Assembly seat in PP-147, Lahore, where his own nephew Mohsin Latif was in the field. The prime minister was quite pleased with the victory of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in NA-122, but he desired to know the factors which caused the party loss in the PA constituency in Lahore which is widely acknowledged as a political citadel of the PML-N.

Sources say the PM was told that lack of the party legislators’ contacts with the masses and their long absence from the constituencies angered the party workers and voters. The PM was also told that the party legislators had appointed secretaries and their personal staff to keep the party workers away from the boss which in turn was damaging the party.

On this Nawaz Sharif who is also the PML-N president asked the party legislators to establish close contacts with the masses and solve their problems.

The sources also shared that it was also brought to the PM’s knowledge about those turncoats in the party who were once very close to former dictator Pervez Musharraf. According to the sources, the PM was told that this was not being received in good taste at the public level.

They said the prime minister is expected to hold a party meeting on his return from the US visit to address all these matters.

The sources said the party is gearing up for the local government elections in Punjab and the party chief wants to remove grievances of the workers.