PTI’s Naureen Nishat Daha favorite in PP-206 by-poll

LAHORE: All of the main political events together with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) are all set to contest the PP-206 Khanewal by-polls scheduled for December 16.

The seat fell vacant after the loss of life of PML-N’s Nishat Khan Daha who breathed his final on October 23.

In 2018 normal elections, Nishat Daha secured this seat by getting 51,353 votes adopted by Rana Mohammad Saleem, who contested the polls from PTI’s platform, with 47,807 votes.

PPP’s Mir Syed Wasiq Haider stood third with 6,617 votes and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)’s Mohammad Amir Sohail got here fourth with 5,764 votes. Curiously, on this by-polls contest, Daha’s spouse Naureen has jumped ship and can contest the elections from the PTI ticket, whereas Saleem has joined the PML-N’s ranks.

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Initially, greater than 20 candidates have been contesting the by-polls however in keeping with the ultimate checklist issued by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), 13 candidates will combat for this provincial meeting constituency on Dec 16.

The individuals who had initially submitted the nomination papers for this by-polls embody Nishat Daha’s widow Naureen Nishat, Rana Mohammad Saleem, Rana Haseeb Saleem, Rana Waseem Hanif, Masood Majeed Daha, Waqar Khan Daha, Manzoor Sultani, Mohammad Akmal, Imran Parvazi Dhol, Ghulam Ghaus, Sara Khan Daha, Mir Wasiq, Rana Farman, Rana Irfan, Rana Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Imran, retired Col Abid Khaga, Mohammad Tanveer, Mohammad Suleman and Mohammad Amjad.

Based on ECP, 183 polling stations shall be established for PP-206 by-polls out of which there shall be 62 polling stations for male voters and 60 polling stations for feminine voters whereas 61 polling stations shall be mixed.

As per ECP, there are 230,698 voters on this constituency out of which 125,190 are male voters whereas 105,508 feminine voters.

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A senior ECP official instructed Bol Information that they’ll set up 268 polling cubicles for male voters and 244 polling cubicles for feminine voters and the election shall be held on Dec 16 as introduced by ECP.

Neck-and-neck contest anticipated

Based on political pundits, a neck-and-neck contest is predicted between PTI’s Naureen Nishat Daha and PML-N’s Rana Mohammad Saleem with Daha’s spouse more likely to emerge victorious on account of sympathy votes and in addition as a result of she is the candidate of the ruling get together.

Many political analysts who belong to Khanewal, and know this constituency effectively, additionally see PPP’s Mir Wasiq as a darkish horse within the race on account of his candid talking, clear credentials and down-to-earth manner.

Political insiders from this constituency consider that Naureen Nishat is main the charts on this constituency in the mean time; she belongs to a political household and her brother Malik Ahmed Hussain Daher is PTI’s MNA from NA-154 Multan. Reportedly, she can be telling the folks of the constituency to vote for her if they need the event of the realm as improvement funds will solely be launched to the candidates belonging to treasury benches.

Analysts have additionally not dominated out PML-N’s Saleem as it’s the third time he’s contesting from this constituency and he additionally enjoys good help of various teams of this constituency. Likewise, the political analysts additionally stated that PPP’s Mir Wasiq is a brand new entrant in mainstream politics however he has the potential to shock everybody with a win as his household is seen amongst “a household of martyrs” by the folks of Khanewal.

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His father and elder brother have been martyred by a banned militant outfit and he remained loyal to his get together by means of thick and skinny.

But the vast majority of political insiders from the constituency have been of the opinion that it is going to be a troublesome contest between the PTI and PML-N. However after an excellent efficiency of PPP in NA-133 by-polls in Lahore the place they’ve managed to safe 32,313 votes as in comparison with 5,585 votes in 2018 normal elections, upsets are potential.


The sharp rise within the variety of votes for PPP in NA-133 has made analysts surprise what would be the efficiency of PPP in PP-206 Khanewal. That is necessary as a result of in NA-133 Lahore there was neither PTI nor TLP however in PP-206, these two events are each current.

Syed Amir Hussaini, an area journalist, talking about electoral politics of South Punjab, significantly Khanewal, stated that NA-133 Lahore covers many of the areas having PPP’s Bhutto historical past. “Nonetheless, PP-206 Khanewal constituency has been taking part in an anti-Bhutto function by way of its electoral historical past particularly within the 5 union councils of Khanewal metropolis. The remnants of Pakistan Nationwide Alliance (PNA) are nonetheless largely at play and powerful as ever.”

ECP points notices

On Dec 8, District Election Commissioner/District Monitoring Officer PP-206 Khanewal Syed Tayyab Zawar Bukhari issued notices to former prime minister and Chief of the Opposition in Senate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani for collaborating within the election marketing campaign of PPP’s candidate Mir Wasiq, in addition to Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, the previous federal minister and member of the provincial meeting for collaborating within the marketing campaign of PML-N’s candidate Rana Mohammad Saleem.

Furthermore, Punjab Minister for Agriculture Hussain Jahania Gardezi, MPA Hamid Yar Hiraj, MPA Faisal Akram Khan Niazi and chairman Municipal Committee Khanewal Masood Majeed Khan Daha have been requested to submit written replies inside two days for collaborating within the election marketing campaign of PTI’s candidate which is towards para 17 of the related guidelines.

Electoral historical past of PP-206

Based on the election outcomes of 1970 and 1977, the principle cause for the PPP’s victory from this constituency was as a result of help from rural polling cubicles greater than city polling cubicles. In addition they acquired a heavy mandate from city slums.

Hussaini added that this constituency was PP-177 in 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1997 and PPP candidates failed in these 4 elections. Haji Irfan of Daha household was the candidate of Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI)/PML-N from 1988 to 1997. He acquired 30,000 votes in 1988 whereas PPP candidate Razzaq Khan acquired 23,329 votes.

He recalled that the IJI had 35,000 votes in 1990 and the PPP had contested this election in alliance with the PDA and managed to safe 23,844 votes. This really meant that that they had managed to get 500 extra votes as in comparison with 1988 after the electoral alliance of two events.

In 1993, there was now PML-N and PPP was allied with the Junejo League.

The Nationwide Meeting candidate joined the PPP from the Junejo League and Mian Musab, a younger man from the Kagha group who joined the Muslim League-Useful within the provincial meeting, grew to become the PPP candidate. Irfan Daha was PML-N’s candidate.

Razzaq Khan didn’t get a ticket and he contested the elections as an impartial candidate on account of which PPP voters have been additionally divided — Irfan Daha /PML-N acquired 26,000 votes, Masab Haider of PPP acquired 19,000 votes and Razzaq Khan Niazi acquired 10,000 votes.

Hussaini recalled that on this election, Nishat Daha revolted from the PML-N (Daha group) and contested the election as an impartial candidate and he too acquired 7,000 votes. So, in 1993 PPP misplaced 10,000 votes within the form of Razzaq and PML-N needed to face the setback of seven,000 votes which have been secured by Nishat Daha.

Within the 1997 election, Haji Irfan Daha of PML-N received with 34,000 votes, whereas Nishat Daha secured 15,500 votes for PPP.

On the time of 1988, 1990 and 1993 elections, the PPP was current in Khanewal as much as the ward unit in organisational phrases and the working class was predominant in its metropolis and tehsil organisation. Nonetheless, as quickly as Sardar Allahyar Hiraj joined the PPP from the Junejo League in 1993 and was introduced into PPP ranks, the foundations of your entire PPP organisation started to shake.

Allahyar Hiraj and Nishat Khan made the PPP’s native physique and vote-wielding activists personally loyal to the get together and acquitted them. When Hiraj and Nishat left the get together within the 2002 elections, many of the workplace bearers, native physique councillors additionally left the get together and these folks have been the id of PPP.

The PPP’s graph got here down a lot in electoral politics in 2002 that it acquired solely 2,600 votes within the 2006 by-elections however the reality was that on this election a big a part of PPP employees and workplace bearers and voters have been with Nishat Khan Daha.

In 2008, the PPP gave a celebration ticket to Nishat Khan Daha, though if the get together had introduced a employee to this seat, it will have gotten loads of votes this time beneath sure circumstances and even when he had not received, this impression in regards to the PPP would have disappeared. Perhaps his vote will not be on this constituency.

In 2013, the PPP left this constituency vacant and its employees and voters have been divided. One faction voted for Rana Saleem of PML-Q whereas one faction didn’t vote for Nishat Khan Daha.

Based on political insiders, it was determined to go away this constituency vacant in 2018 as per the coverage formulated by former prime minister Gilani. In the meantime, the district organisation has additionally opposed giving ticket to Mir Wasiq Haider Tirmizi, who had expressed his want to contest the elections on behalf of the PPP and was given the get together ticket on the final second.

And even on the time of issuance of a celebration ticket, Mr Gilani had reportedly stated that you’ll be hardly in a position to get 1,500 to 2,500 votes from this constituency. Nonetheless, Mir Wasiq managed to safe 6,617 votes and when he was contesting this election, he had neither district organisation, tehsil nor metropolis organisation with him and barely 20 to 30 diehard jiyalas have been energetic for his marketing campaign.

After Nishat Daha’s loss of life, many of the native PPP organisational officers have been in favour of leaving the seat vacant and the South Punjab management appeared to agree. Mir Wasiq’s nephew was scheduled to get married on Dec 12 and he was additionally displeased with the perspective of a lot of native and South Punjab get together officers.

He apologised for the election however within the remaining session it was former president Asif Ali Zardari who confirmed resolve and requested Mir Wasiq to contest the elections from PP-206.

Main problems with the constituency

PP-206 Khanewal consists of 12 union councils out of which eight union councils haven’t any water provide. Most neighbourhoods, settlements and colonies reportedly have neither authorities sewerage techniques nor filtration vegetation. The shortage of fresh ingesting water will be gauged by the truth that native corporations promote potable water within the space after which nationwide and worldwide corporations provide water to most households and outlets within the space. Nonetheless, the clear water of most native and nationwide water corporations is lower than the requirements.

Based on one of many voters of the constituency, the realm doesn’t at present have any knowledge on the variety of jaundice sufferers on this space and the precise variety of kidney sufferers, however the District Headquarters Hospital the place the dialysis machine is positioned has 12 beds for this function. The hospital has tons of of hundreds of registered sufferers.

He added that the second facility is at Nishat Noreen Hospital the place a minimal of Rs6,000 is required for dialysis. “The failure to supply clear ingesting water exhibits that the precedence of the profitable PML-N and PTI billionaire candidates from this constituency prior to now is clearly to not present healthcare to the poor lots, remarked an area voter.

One other voter belonging to this constituency, Ghulam Rasool, instructed Bol Information that Union Council No 3, by which essentially the most populous areas are positioned together with Civil Strains, then Peoples Colony, and Gulberg folks have been disadvantaged of fresh ingesting and higher sewerage system.

“Unemployment is rampant in these areas.” Probably the most developed space in UC Three is the place the DC Home and DPO Home are positioned and the place the periods judges, judicial and administrative forms dwell, he added.

“Municipal committee employees, public well being engineering and works, native authorities, buildings and highways spend most of their funds for the event of the identical bureaucratic places of work and residential areas the place the elite class lives,” a political insider claimed.

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