Senate Election Results Probe Reactions – Pleased of Piqued?

Senate Election Results Probe Reactions – Pleased of Piqued?


Karachi: Lately, the senate election results, unofficial though, have probed mixed reactions from the political class. While those belonging to the triumphant party are hailing the Upper House vote as a democratic success alert, those on the losing side are seemingly irked.

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, eulogized the victory of independent candidates backed by her party on Twitter, and claimed that it served as a tribute to the popularity of deposed Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam claimed that the PML-N is now the biggest party in the Senate.

She venerated all the candidates who stood in support of her father, adding that the PML-N was robbed of its name and slogan in the polls, however, the party’s popularity could still not be subdued.

In reaction to this, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) chief Imran Khan bewailed that the PPP was able to secure two seats from K-P due to horse trading, despite only having seven parliamentarians. Khan raised some serious ethical questions and commented that this is an “electoral farce”.

He said his party had forewarned that the sale of votes would take place and had submitted proposals in this regard, however, the electoral reforms committee spurned all of these along with the Committee of the Whole of the Senate.

Khan claimed that the horse trading witnessed in the polls “is a sign of the moral decline of our political system”.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the PML-N’s victory proved that Nawaz Sharif cannot be separated from the party and his supporters.

After winning the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s only Senate seat from Punjab Assembly, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar thanked his own party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, independents and ‘friends’, who voted for him.

While addressing the media, Rana said that party’s next target was to form its governments in Punjab and at the Centre.

Meanwhile, Asif Kirmani of the ruling party questioned Sarwar’s election despite insufficient number of PTI seats in Punjab Assembly.
“We will find out the names of PML-N members who switched sides,” he was quoted as saying by a private news channel.
PML-N MPA Uzma Bukhari also shot questions over Sarwar’s election, claiming that the elections were influenced with money unlawfully. “With only 31 seats in Punjab Assembly, how could a PTI candidate receive 44 votes?” she remarked.

The official results will probably not reflect how well PML-N has performed because a number of candidates were barred from running under the party’s banner after Sharif was vacated from office.

Those candidates, who will be running as “independents”, are expected to pledge their fidelity to PML-N if they are elected to the senate, as per the PML-N party officials.

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