Delay in award of tickets affecting PML-N workers’ morale

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Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry’s name almost final in NA-52

Zubair Qureshi

PML-N local leadership and the party workers are dismayed, disillusioned and disenchanted as the party has not yet finalized tickets for its candidates to be fielded for National Assembly constituencies, NA-52, 53 and 54. Although according to the local office-bearers of the party, former CADD Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry’s name is almost finalized but that too is not officially declared while the rest of the tickets for 53 and 54 names are still under consideration. Confusion is at its peak and this is also affecting the party workers’ morale and they are not sure which candidate will get the coveted tickets.
Talking to Pakistan Observer Malik Shuja-ur-Rehman, Secretary General of the PML-N said the matter is before the leadership and in a day or two tickets will be officially awarded. However, he agreed it is already too late and the candidates will have very little time to run the campaign.
Another office-bearer was of the opinion that the matter should have been resolved by now and a ‘son of the soil’ should be awarded ticket. Outsiders are usually discouraged and rejected by the voters, he said. giving example of Asad Umar of the PTI who won last time from NA-48 (now NA-53), he said now Mr Umar is not being considered a promising candidate by even his own party. Similarly, the PML-N should refrain from allotting ticket to some ‘outsider’ from NA-53 and NA-54, he said.
A number of potential candidates for these constituencies are wondering whether it would be beneficial for them to launch a full-fledged campaign or wait a little bit more for their leadership’s final go ahead.
Although PML-N Parliamentary Board interviewed candidates for the NA constituencies more than a week ago, yet its results are not declared so far and are keenly awaited by all the interviewees, he said.
“General elections are hardly one-month away and we are still not sure about who is going to be given tickets for the three National Assembly constituencies of Islamabad. It has badly affected our workers’ morale and the candidates too are sitting cross-fingered and waiting for the high command’s decision,” said Malik Shuja. He said the sooner a decision in this regard is made the better.
Anjum Aqeel Khan, a party worker and former MNA of the party from Islamabad in the Parliament (2008-13) when contacted, said despite all the rumours and reports of delay in award of tickets, he was running a full-throttled campaign not for any individual but for the party.

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