NA by-polls: Coalition partners hint at fielding joint candidates against PTI
The rainbow coalition of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to abandon its previous policy of not contesting by-elections on seats vacated after resignations of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were accepted from the National Assembly.
The ruling alliance has begun considering whether or not to eliminate the PTI from the by-election field.
Additionally, it was agreed to establish a committee of federal ministers to develop a coordinated strategy for the PPP and PDM’s joint election participation.
It’s important to remember that the head of PDM had previously said that they wouldn’t be voting in the by-elections.
However, the idea of fielding a single candidate for each constituency is currently under consideration.
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the PPP and former president, insisted that the PDM and PPP should field candidates in the elections, either separately or in opposition to PTI’s candidates.
In this regard, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the PDM, has been contacted by Baloch National Party (BNP) Mengal about putting together joint candidates.
On Saturday, the head of the PDM is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore.