Can Bilawal inject life in PPP?

LATELY PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is seen getting active on political front by not only showing attendance in some important meetings but also spoke on some important matters. Last week he headed his party’s delegation to the all parties meeting at the PM house where he not only eloquently presented his viewpoint on Kashmir situation but also did not miss the opportunity to embarrass the government over its failure vis-à-vis investigation into Panama Papers. This was followed by his visit to Parliament where he witnessed proceedings of the joint sitting from the gallery. Then came his meeting with Chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday where talking to the media persons, he spoke like a leader while giving remarks pertaining to the PM and other leaders.
These recent activities of Bilawal explicitly suggest that the PPP has made up its mind to make son of Benazir Bhutto the face of the party for next general elections. However reviving old glory of the PPP will not at all be easy for Bilawal especially in Punjab, and for that the party will have to bring some structural and organisational changes to attract people especially the youth which appears to be most attracted towards the PTI. As Bilawal is young and if given more space to manoeuvre with authority as seen recently, he might turn the tide. No doubt Bilawal is currently faced with language problem yet this was same with Benazir Bhutto who despite not being good in spoken Urdu became heartthrob of millions of people through her charismatic personality, intelligence, knowledge and compassion. Bilawal will have to target the youth who are sixty percent of the population in order to change the fortunes of his party, which currently is facing ‘image problem’ because of massive corruption and poor governance during their tenure from 2008 to 2013. While it is imperative that personalities like Aitzaz Ahsan and Raza Rabbani remain central to PPP’s plans and act as mentors for Bilawal, it is time for some old guards who have lost their reputation in the public to take a back seat and let Bilawal take a more pivotal role. This is the only way the PPP stands some chance in next election.

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