LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and lawmakers on Wednesday said that the NA-120 by-election would prove to be a referendum against opponents as the PML-N being the favourite party of the people, would emerge victorious.
Lawmakers, while talking to APP, said that the people of NA-120 would give their decision in favour of PML-N by voting for its candidate Kalsoom Nawaz.
PML-N leader and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddique-ul-Farooq said that people across the country had strongly rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s statement which he made during an interview with the BBC.
He said Imran Khan had admitted that he was now grateful that PTI had not formed the federal government after the 2013 elections, otherwise the situation would have been the same as it was in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“This statement has further brought down the popularity graph of PTI,” he claimed.
He said that survey reports conducted by independent organisations in NA-120 were also indicating that a majority of people would vote for PML-N’s candidate.
MPA Majid Zahoor rejected the allegation by the opposition that state machinery was being used in NA-120. He said that Nawaz Sharif was not disqualified for corruption but for having an ‘Iqama’, which is why, most of the people in the constituency would still vote for his party.
MNA Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir said that PML-N would win the by-election of NA-120 by the grace of Almighty Allah.
MPA Mehmood-ul-Hasan said that people would bring Nawaz Sharif back with the power of vote. The people will vote for PML-N in by-election in NA-120 Lahore on the basis of its performance, he said, and added that opposition candidates would face defeat.
It is pertinent to mention here that in a survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan, respondents were asked who they would vote for in NA-120. According to the survey, 53 per cent said that they would vote for PML-N, 29 per cent said PTI, 3 per cent said PPP while one percent said that they would be voting for Jamaat-e-Islami.