Nawaz re-elected as PML-N president

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CENTRAL Council of the ruling PML-N in its meeting on Tuesday reposed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by electing him President of the party unopposed for the next four years. Other senior and prominent leaders of the party were also elected as office bearers, completing the process of internal elections in PML-N.
There is no doubt that Mian Nawaz Sharif has a dominant place in the party and he is hugely popular among party workers and his unopposed election was a manifestation of this reality. It goes without saying that MNS deserves the credit to take the party out of drawing rooms and make it a party of masses with roots in length and breadth of the country. His vision of development and passion for infrastructure building, which helped revived economic activities in otherwise moribund environment and created employment opportunities for people in different regions of the country, have increased popularity of PML-N and this was manifested in different bye-elections and electoral battles in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. However, one must point out that the President of the party is not paying due attention to party affairs, interaction with workers and leaders and organisational matters. Hard work is needed to secure satisfactory grounds in Sindh, Balochistan and KP but the leadership seems to have little time to concentrate on these things despite the fact the time is fast approaching for the next general elections and especially when PML-N has to wipe out the impression that it is predominantly Punjab-based party. Again, there are also legitimate complaints that the party is paying scant attention to youth and women and it was also evident from their low representation in the elections. All the top office-bearers are old faces and young blood is missing, which sends wrong signals to workers and supporters. Apart from the top leadership, there are also complaints that MPAs, MNAs and Senators of the party are not maintaining close liaison with people and as a consequence grievances are piling up. There should be focus on serving the people in each and every constituency as this is the straight answer to question of good governance.