Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Punjab President Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that they would win NA-133 by-elections as many voters who belonged to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had extended support for his party.
Ashraf said that the nomination papers of the PTI candidates were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on legal grounds, but voters would also reject them if they contested NA-133 elections.
“We are running an aggressive campaign and receiving a good response from the local voters,” said Ashraf, as he talked to reporters on Monday.
He said that the party’s workers were charged, and that they were in the field with passion to run the campaign. Ashraf furthered that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was taking much interest and was asking them about the efforts being put in the constituency.
“I can say you on record that many people and voters of PTI and the PML-N are joining us,” he said.
Ashraf also came down hard on the PTI government and said that the incumbent government failed to deliver. He said that the public was completely ignored since the current regime came into power, adding that the government was making policies that threw individuals into trouble.
When asked about joining the anti-PTI Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Ashraf said that the collective was established by the PPP, and they would look into it when they were proposed to join it again.
“Had the PDM understood our stance, the PTI government would have been out so far,” said Ashraf, adding that now he was just praying for PDM.
Senior Vice President Rana Farooq Saeed, Secretary Information Shahzad Saeed, Faisal Mir and many others were present at the PPP Secretariat in Model Town.
Talking about Chaudhary Aslam Gill, PPP’s candidate for the NA-133 seat, Raja said, “Gill is standing like a rock with the party and the jiyalas will help him win the elections.” He stated that PPP was contesting elections against PTI and the PML-N.
“For the public, PPP among all other parties, including PTI and PML-N, is a better choice,” he said.
Ashraf also criticized the PTI government for keeping the agreement with banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) a secret.
“What kind of agreement is it that is not shared with the public?” he asked.
The PPP, he said, was raising voice for the public’s rights and that electricity, water and gas were all out of the public’s reach.
He stated that all the workers were active now and running campaigns to defeat the ruling PTI government in the elections.
“What about those promises of 10 million jobs and 50 million homes for the public?” Raja questioned in a bid to expose the performance of the ruling government.