ISLAMABAD - Unnerved by the crowd-pulling public rallies by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif across Azad Kasmir in a past few days, the Pakistan Peoples Party central leadership has also jumped into the, otherwise, low-key campaign for AJK elections and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani would be landing in Bagh and Kotli today (Wednesday) to address the public rallies of PPP candidates. The elections for 41 AJK Legislative Assembly seats, 29 in AJK while 12 seats scattered across the country, providing right of franchise to the Kashmiris settled in various cities, will be held on June 26 and the electioneering as obvious is at its peak. The entry of crowd puller Mian Nawaz Sharif for the canvassing of his party, which is making debut in AJK polls, has given flare to the overall electioneering in AJK. Perturbed by the big rallies being addressed by Mian Nawaz Sharif across AJK over the past couple of days the PPP central leadership has decided to send out Prime Minister Gilani and other stalwarts of the party to help boost the election campaigns of their candidates. In this connection special permission was secured from the Chief Election Commissioner AJK for Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to address the public rallies of PPP candidates. Defending the proposed plan of Prime Minister Gilani and Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Wattoo to take part in the election campaign of PPP candidates in AJK, Mian Manzoor Wattoo said that Premier Gilani would be going their as party worker and not as Prime Minister. Some insiders in PPP desiring not to be named informed TheNation that Mian Nawaz Sharifs presence in AJK had compelled them to send out their leaders in aid of their candidates and to neutralise the impact of Nawaz who, so far, had received tremendous response from the general public. Though generally the elections in AJK remained confined to the tribes and clans support and the candidates having the big clans used to win the elections, the things likely to take a turn this time as Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has entered the arena for the first time as independent party. In the past PML-N used to extend support to Muslim Conference and it was considered as the PML-N version in AJK. Almost majority of the candidates of PML-N belonged to the Muslim Conference and even now the political observers and analysts said that PML-N was carved out from the Muslim Conference and whatever damage it could cause it would cause to the Muslim Conference, which had ruled the AJK for decades. Sources in the Pakistan Peoples Party informed The Nation that it was earlier decided in the PPP AJK Chapter meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari that central leadership of the party would not overtly join the election campaigns of their candidates in AJK but would extend support to them from behind the scene. It was in this backdrop that President Asif Ali Zardari had barred the PPP Federal Ministers from taking part in the public rallies organized in AJK in connection with the election campaign but when Mian Nawaz Sharif jumped into the electioneering of his party which is taking part in AJK elections for the first time the PPP leadership revisited their earlier decision and it was decided that Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs would address the public rallies for their candidates in AJK. The sources in the PPP informed that PPP stalwarts and their new coalition partners Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) President Ch. Shujaat Hussain were already using their influence in parts of AJK as well as in the electorate in the constituencies in settled areas, particularly in the Punjab. The Chaudhries from Gujrat were quite influential in the parts of Kashmir close to their hometown and right from Bhimber up to Mirpur and Kotli they have deep-rooted links with Chaudhry clan. Political observers said that, setting aside the impact of the central leaders of both PPP and PML-N entry into the arena of AJK elections, one thing is certain that their entry would definitely give a boost to the electioneering and would leave far-reaching impact not only the results of these elections but on the future politics in the area.