SHEIKH PERVAIZ

CHINIOT

The mainstream political parties like PML-N which has been divided into three factions, the People’s Party and PTI have vowed to give their opponents a hard time in the local bodies polls scheduled to be held on 19th.

The electioneering has gained momentum in Chiniot as the traditional political hustle and bustle can be witnessed on the roads and streets which have been decorated with banners and flags of different parties. The candidates are also visiting door-to-door for canvassing the voters.

Meanwhile, the PML-N has been divided into three factions. On the issue of awarding party tickets in NA 86, PP 73 and PP 74 constituencies, major differences among MNA Qasir Ahmad Sheikh, MPA Ilyas Chinioti and PML-N District President Aftab Harl have emerged.

The ruling party has been divided into MPA group, MNA group and PML-A workers group that are vying through their respective candidates including independents.

The MPA group which has strong position in the city and its surrounding areas had opposed the issuance of party tickets to the candidates from other PML-N factions despite their considerable votes. Thus, the disappointed party leaders are posing a series threat to the rolling party.

Chiniot Municipal Committee consists of 48 councilors. PML-N candidates are contesting as independent candidates while PTI and PPP candidates are contesting on their party symbol of Bat and Arrow. All these party have fielded strong candidates against each other. Independent candidates have strong support in Chiniot city on the basis of clans.

The PML-N candidates in PP 73 and PP 74 are not contesting under the symbol of Lion as the PML-N high leaders have allowed the disgruntled party leaders to contest as independent and they have been given the symbols of Balty and Diamond by the Election Commission.

Bhowana Municipal Commitee consists of 11 wards while Lalian of 12 wards. The district returning officer has declared 56 candidates of councilor as winner unopposed from 39 union councils in district Chiniot.