MULTAN: Malik Ishaq Bucha, who was planning to contest the by-elections on NA-151, the Gilani-seat in Multan against former prime minister’s son, withdrew his nomination papers on Thursday in favour of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
According to a report by Express News, Bucha took the decision after meeting former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. He was contesting on NA-151 as an independent candidate after his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), reportedly refused to hand him a ticket.
The seat fell vacant after former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified from his post by the Supreme Court in a contempt case. Gilani’s elder son Abdul Qadir Gilani and Shaukat Bosan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had filed papers to contest on the seat.
Earlier, Bucha had left PPP to join the PML-N to contest the seat. He had declared that he would not let Abdul Qadir “get a vote of sympathy from the public and make fools of them afterwards with corruption.”
ECP finalises arrangements for NA-151
The Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP) has finalised arrangements for by-polls in NA 151.
An ECP official told APP that the ECP has constituted a total of 245 polling stations including 62 male polling stations and 59 female polling stations whereas 123 combined polling stations have been made.
A total of 712 polling booths have been constituted including 388 for male and 324 for female voters.
In NA-151 constituency, the number of registered voters is 307,871, in which male registered voters are 167,791 while 140,080 female voters were registered.
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@Awans: They know they can't win so that is why or there are differences with SMQ that led to it....
Both Nawaz league and PTI are supporting a joint candidate against PPP but Takht-e-Lahore will receive a heavy blow.
It shows a principled stance of PML-N by not allotting ticket to a newcomer, who has perhaps joined the party merely for the greed of ticket. Secondly, the PML-N did not want to divide the rightist votebank and tried to give a way to Sikander Hayat Bosan to contest one-on-one against Abdul Qadir Gillani (a.k.a. Bunny). It will be unfair if Qureshis, Hashmis and Bosans do not run the campaign and make Bunny a winner and continue with NICL and Hajj Corruption :(
I am disappointed that with Such Heavy weights like Shah Mahmoud and Javed Hashmi PTI is not contesting for this seat. Even if PTI's candidate could win he would have more than 6 months to prove his worth there and we could also have a trailer that what is in store us from PTI. Also if 90 days formula of Imran Khan is true then i think 6 months are more than enough to make Multan a Corruption free and progressive city but PTI as usual boycotted the election and give a clean chit to Gailanis.