LAHORE - In a rare of show of solidarity, the PPP and the PML-N, the two estranged coalition partners in Punjab, organised a joint rally on Thursday in support of President Asif Zardari and coalition government in Punjab. It was strange and a rare scene to watch a good number of legislators including provincial ministers belonging to the two parties marching together on The Mall, following two days of bickering and mud-slinging over Punjab Law Minister's controversial statement about Governor Salman Taseer. Besides members of PPP's parliamentary party in Punjab Assembly, party's Lahore organisation also participated in the rally, which started from Punjab Assembly and culminated at Governor's House. It was led by Senior Minister Raja Riaz, PPP's Lahore President Haji Azizur Rehman Chann and Secretary Information Zekria Butt. It was actually a PPP show, already planned a day before, but the PML-N also decided to participate, in an apparent move to cool down the tempers on both sides after intervention from party's top leadership. It was none else but Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sana Ullah who announced on assembly flour on Thursday that Punjab Prison Minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor along with party MPAs will represent PML-N in PPP rally. The participants were holding banners and placards inscribed with pro-Zardari slogans. The Chairing Cross, in front of Punjab Assembly, had also been decorated with banners carrying the slogans, "Qadam barhao sardr Zardari hum tumharay saath hain". The participants of the rally also chanted the slogan, "Nawaz-Zardari Bhai Bhai". Slogans like "Aik Zardari sab pe bhhari" and "kal bhe bb zinda thee, aaj bhe bb zinda hai", were also raised by PPP men. While talking to the media on the occasion, PML-N legislator and provincial minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor said that political alliance of PPP and PML-N would continue in Punjab, and enemies of the coalition would be disappointed. He said some agencies were making futile efforts to break the PPP-PML-N alliance in Punjab, but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs. He said families should not be involved while settling political differences, and that every one should think positively. "The Punjab Governor should also keep in mind that now an elected President-Asif Ali Zardari-was sitting in the presidency in place of a military dictator, and that people now don't like writing of letters to a chief minister who considers himself Khadim-e-Aala", Ch Ghafoor observed. Another PML-N MPA, Abdur Razzaq said that problems have got multiplied during long tenure of dictatorship, which could only be tacked adequately if the two parties make joint efforts. Senior Minister Raja Riaz paid rich tributes to President Asif Zardari, saying that it was under his dynamic leadership that people have got relief in terms of significant reduction in prices of petroleum and fertilisers. The Government, he said, had also overcome the problems of power shortage while incidents of terrorism had also decreased considerably.