KANGANPUR - With the allotment of symbols to candidates vying by-polls to the constituency of NA-140, the political temperature in Kasur has reached to its boiling point.

Comprising over a thousand hamlets, the constituency has a total population of 0.5 million, but the number of registered voters is just around 0.2 million.

The National Assembly seat, NA-140, was left vacant when Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali joined the PTI.

Almost all major political parties in the Punjab have thrown their candidates in for the by-polls. But as expected, the real contest would be among the PML-N’s Malik Rasheed Ahmad, a former tehsil nazim, PPP’s Sardar Sarwar Dogar and Khursheed Kasuri of the PTI. Dr Azeemuddin Lakhvi is contesting as an independent candidate, after a deal between him and the PML-N leadership could not be brokered.

Because of his efforts for development in the constituency, it appears that Khursheed Kasuri will be getting more support from the electorate than his contenders.

The political climate in Kasur took a new turn when the PML-N leadership announced to withdraw Azeemuddin Lakhvi and field Malik Rasheed instead. For this, the PML-N has been virtually rapped on its knuckles.

Nevertheless, sources say that MPA Ahsan Raza Khan has extended full support to the PML-N candidate, Malik Rasheed, and also offered a grant of Rs1 billion for laying a sewage system in Kanganpur. Despite being unpopular in Kasur, the PPP has high hopes from the constituency of NA-140, as PPP Kasur division President Sardar Muhammad Hussain Dogar is extending all-out support to his unpopular party man, Sardar M Hussain.