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Lodhran bye-election

  • A lesson for political parties and  establishment

The humiliation of the PTI in Ladhran must not lead the PML-N  to close eyes to its weaknesses. Various reasons are being ascribed to PTI’s failure.  Nawaz Sharif  maintains that the  results are a response to false cases against him.  Khursheed Shah has sarcastically  remarked that  the PTI workers have rejected dynastic politics.  Others ascribe the PTI debacle  to the age, inexperience and little time spent by the PTI candidate in the  constituency.  It would however be unwise to conclude that the Lodhran bye-polls reflect the public  mood prevailing in each one of the 141 constituencies of Punjab.

The PTI has accepted the defeat without customary allegations of rigging. It is  also encouraging to note that Imran Khan has called upon party leaders to utilise the setback  to analyse mistakes, correct them and come back stronger.  There is also a need on the part of Imran Khan to ponder over why a fairly big chunk of the   middle class youth who had been politicised  by him and who then worked hard for the party in 2013 elections and later sit-ins have now lost steam even if they have not said goodbye to the party.  He has also to realise that there is a need on his part to employ a number of tactics to expose the government instead of being seen as a one-trick pony. Further, that a leader in a democratic polity is required to display flexibility and the capacity to make alliances.

The establishment  needs to realise the dangers   posed by the entry of some of the  extremist networks in electoral politics. The increasing use of democratic freedoms by these elements to spread narrow-mindedness and  anti-democratic trends must not be encouraged. After Lahore, Peshawar and Chakwal, one of these networks has achieved a third, albeit distant, position in the Lodhran by polls also.

The PPP which  has been claiming that it was going to  win this time in Punjab also has once again suffered embarrassment and that too in a South Punjab constituency. The party leadership would do well to undertake serious soul searching instead of whistling in the wind.



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  2. Sarfaraz Ahmed said:

    A rare and graceful tradition set by PTI leadership to accept defeat and so graciously even if the PTI candidate has done extremely well in his very first attempt. On the other hand the PML(N) is staging dramas in the streets of the cities so disgracefully, insulting and cursing the Highest Judiciary of the country for more than a year which is criminal negation of democratic practices.

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