Due to the death of PP-89 MPA Syed Ali Raza, the by- election will be held on January 6, 2016 for which the candidates have sped up electioneering across the Punjab Assembly constituency.

Syed Qutub Ali Shah got the ticket of PML-N and Rana Shafiq of PTI while two daughters of the late MPA -Syeda Hina Ali Raza and Syeda Sonia Ali Raza are also vying for the slot. The PML-N’s ticket holder is nephew of former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. He had contested the last general elections on the ticket of PPP for MNA in NA-94.

He formed the Independent Group in LG elections and won seats and became important for the PML-N to grab the chairman slot of District Council Toba Tek Singh. According to the sources, MNA Asadur Rehman promised someone else for District Council chairman. The sources said that the MNA played a major role in issuance of ticket to Syed Qutab Ali Shah.

On the other side, PTI-nominated candidate Rana Shafiq contested general elections 2013 PP-89 from the platform of PPP and lost the poll. Now, he got the ticket of PTI, but he is facing some serious opposition from former MNA and leader PTI Riaz Fatyana and group due to intra-party issues. Ali Raza’s daughters are also in the field and are contesting the election independently.

JR RAMDAY SPEAKS OF PML-N POPULARITY: Mustafa Ramday, the son of Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, has said that only the PML-N’ candidate would become chairman of District Council Toba Tek Singh. During a meeting held at the house of a newly elected UC chairman, he said all the union council chairmen of the district would vote for the N candidate so the opponents should admit their defeat, he said. The PTI has been divided into fractions as its leaders are issuing statements against each other. In district Toba Tek Singh, the majority of PML-N nominees have been succeeded, he said.

Fatyana says not joined PML-N: Former education minister of Punjab and PTI leader Riaz Fatyana admitted that he had met with PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz but he had not joined the ruling party. “The meeting with Hamaza Shehbaz was a personal nature. I have not joined the PML-N. PTI central leadership has not issued a show cause notice to me. If I am received a notice, I will respond to it.

However, the provincial or district leadership is not authorised to issue a show cause notice to me.” He expressed these views while talking to journalists at his residence. He said that he didn’t support PML-N candidate in PP-89 and could never imagine about violating the party policies. The propaganda against him was political, he said.

RAID: Huge quantity of marijuana was recovered from an unknown person who has been arrested by police in a raid. Investigating Officer Jamil told the media that marijuana had been seized while the accused arrested.