PPPP Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari was making relentless efforts to win PMLQ head, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, to create Pervaiz Elahi a candidate for the PMLN, and PMLN along with PMLQ to run for Punjab's CM position.
Asif Ali Zardari is staying at the residence of Ch Shujaat for the past several hours as he made a final attempt to salvage the day for his coalition partners and to keep Punjab to the PMLN. Prior to that, he went to the home of PMLQ chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. He also had two talks with him concerning the Punjab Chief Minister's race.
Both leaders were in agreement to remain allies of PMLN. The PMLN's leaders, however, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and his son Chaudhry Moonis Elahi refused to organize a meeting with Zardari. According to sources, Asif Zardari had sent a request to arrange a meeting, but Elahi and Moonis did not agree to meet with Zardari. It is reported that the presence of Asif Ali Zardari Lahore only a few hours before one of the important elections in Punjab's recent history, has led to several speculations.
People who know Pervaiz Elahi informed me they believe that the Punjab Assembly speaker has made it clear that he's Imran Khan's preferred candidate for Punjab CM elections. Based on the numbers, PTI and PMLQ are ahead. If 5 to 6 MPAs from the opposition do not vote in this election, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif could cause a flurry of controversy.
The minister for Railways as well as PMLN Chairman Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that if Hamza Shehbaz wins the election for Punjab CM as well as Pervaiz Elahi, constitution violator Imran Khan will face a defeat.
In the past, while speaking at the PPP Party's Parliamentary meeting, Asif Ali Zardari said the PPP is against politics based on money, and that efforts would be put into getting Hamza Shehbaz elected Punjab CM. He claimed that he convinced Nawaz Sharif Shehbaz Sharif as well as Maryam Nawaz to endorse Pervaiz Elahi as a joint contender for the Punjab CM's post, but Elahi quit and moved to the camp of Imran Khan.
He stated that the PPP supports and supports the PMLN and will do its best to achieve Hamza Shehbaz elected as Punjab CM. He also said that he does not believe in the influence of money in politics. He stated that If Hassan Murtaza would have been running in the race for Punjab CM, he would have used the money to get his support. Why should he invest money in Hamza Shehbaz? He asked.
In the meantime, the Minister of Interior Rana Sanaullah dispelled the belief the PMLQ's Pervaiz Elahi would be the joint candidate of PMLN and PMLQ for the Punjab CM's position. The minister said it was merely a rumor and there was nothing real in it.