PML-N on Tuesday finalised its strategy for the Senate elections telling its MPAs who they would be voting for. The meeting, chaired by Shahbaz Sharif, decided that besides winning four allocated seats, the party would knock out PML-Q.
In Punjab, eight candidates are in the field for seven general seats. PPP, PML-N and PML-Q had agreed that PML-N would get four seats, PPP two and PML-Q one. However, after MPA Mohsin Leghari’s nomination papers were accepted, the deal is off, said a PML-N source.PML-N sources said the party has decided to vote for Leghari. All party MPAs have been told to vote for one of the PML-N’s four candidates. The members not needed to make the threshold have been told to vote for Leghari.
PPP sources said the party has not yet issued any directions to its ‘extra’ members but indicated that they would prefer to vote for Agha. Some members have even expressed their unwillingness to vote for Dr Babar Awan.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th, 2012.