LAHORE: All eyes are set to witness the By-poll of National Assembly seat 120 of which was left vacant by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as he was ousted from his premiership by the apex Supreme Court for not declaring his UN withdrawn salary at FZE Capital situated in Dubai.
The By- election will take place on Sunday, 17 September 2017.
The two main candidates who are going to contest are from Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) and Pakistan Tehreek e Insafaf.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz the former first lady and the wife of Nawaz Sharif is nominated to fight elections from PML(N). Dr.Yasmin Rashid is set to represent PTI. The best thing about this entire electoral process is that it symbolizes the perception of women empowerment in this patriarchal society. Both the parties must be given credit on this
However, in political terms the PML(N) appears to be strong over their adversaries.
The mere reason is that for last four elections: 1990, 1993, 1997 and 2013 PML(N) has been victorious. Though in 2013 PTI’s candidate DR.Yasmin Rashid showed some defiance as she was able to grab hefty amount of votes.
PML(N) would heavily rely on the ‘victim card’ that they have been playing since the day their leader Nawaz Sharif was disqualified in historical Panama verdict. He chose GT motorcade to show his political strength and sending messages to competing power centres that he still holds popularity.
Though this is still debatable, that was he able to attract immense number of his supporters in his “Home Coming Rally”? But this move was testimonial to the fact that he is still the “Rock Star” of Punjab Politics.
Whereas on other hand Imran Khan whose relentless efforts paved the way for removing Nawaz Sharif in post Panama scenario; the Cricketer turned politician is going to put his entire effort in thrashing PML(N) or at least put a strong fight, marginalizing the differences of votes to significant numbers.
Whatever the decision the people of NA 120 makes it will perhaps decide the fate of coming politics in near future.