KARACHI – Amidst political temperature feverish in wake of the bloody mishap of Khairpur, murder of PPP candidate in Khipro and volatile situation in Badin and Tharparkar districts, the Sindh is heading for the second phase of local bodies elections on Nov 19. Election will be held in 14 of the 15 sensitive districts Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas divisions, of the province, which has already seen bloodshed in first phase.

Local bodies poll in highly sensitive Sanghar district, were postponed after reports of an expected clash between PPP and Pakistan Muslim League Functional supporters in the wake of the Khairpur bloodshed that claimed the life of 13 people mostly belonging to the PML-F.

After the postponement of the polls in Sanghar, the military/paramilitary forces were shifted to Badin to beef up security there and keep the tense situation under control.

Badin which otherwise has remained a political serene district in all general elections is now facing vitiated atmosphere as the disgruntled PPP leader Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza in alliance with JUI-F, PML-N and Sindh United Party has threatened the government of dire consequences in case of electoral rigging.

Keeping in view of the tense situation in Badin where former home minister of the PPP Dr Zulfikar Mirza has come in a direct clash with his old party leadership by fielding candidates against those nominated by the PPP, the Election Commission of Pakistan as a precautionary measure announced deployment of military/ paramilitary troops in the district.

The ruling PPP has focused all attention towards Badin which has become a political battlefield with the rival Arbab group and another anti-PPP force led by Zulfikar Ali Mirza employing all available resources to rout the PPP in this district.

The top PPP leadership and elected representative and cabinet members had made hectic efforts for making successful the most crucial election rally by party chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit to Badin by mobilising all available resources.

Similarly situation in Umerkot, three Pirs- Pir Pagaro, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi having large followings are pitted against Nawab Yousuf Talpur and Ali Mardan Shah of PPP. PTI Chairman Imran Khan has visited the district to garner support for his party candidates.

Political temperature also high in Tharparkar district after former chief minister Dr. Arbab Rahim staged sit-in. the Arbab group is striving hard to gain its lost political glory. About 47 percent of polling stations have declared as highly sensitive.

Political circles also did not rule out trouble in Tharparkar district where former Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Rahim along with anti PPP alliance, is in the electoral fray against PPP candidates. The PPP is facing internal grouping in its rank in the district as Khatumal and Rana Hameer Singh are campaigning separately on their own, while Mahesh Malani, Faqir Sher Bilalani and Senator Giyanchandani have their own groups.

The visit of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Tharparkar is expected to bring the three groups in the party closer.

Thatta district the Sherazi group, believed to be a strong political force in Thatta and Sujawal districts that is currently affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) striving hard to grab more political apace which they  lost in 2013 general elections.

To demonstrate their power, they took out two big rallies apparently to match the ruling PPP’s impressive show of strength held in the area a day earlier.

In Dadu district, ruling PPP is facing strong electoral alliance comprising Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) headed by former chief minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi, Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party-Shaheed Bhutto and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Anti PPP alliance is likely to give a tough time to the ruling party due to open rivalry between two senior figures of the PPP, Pir Mazharul Haq and Rafique Ahmed Jamali, over distribution of party tickets.

Political analysts expecting low voters turn out in Badin, Umerkot and Tharparkar districts due to fear.