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PM, Imran and Siraj to address public meetings in Mansehra

PM, Imran and Siraj to address public meetings in Mansehra

MANSEHRA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq are due to address public meetings here this week, as electioneering for the May 30 local government elections is gaining momentum in the district.

Both the voters and contestants are enthusiastic about the coming LG elections and have displayed big banners at public places and streets. As many as 4,700 male and female candidates are contesting the elections to 59 wards of the district council and the same number of wards in three tehsils in Mansehra besides 194 village and neighborhood councils.

Mr Sharif is likely to address a public gathering at Thakara Stadium on May 21, which might increase the tempo of electioneering in the district. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which swept the 2013 general elections in the district, has been making claims to sweep the coming LG elections to instal governments in the district and three tehsils councils.

Sardar Yousuf, the federal minister for religions affairs, said that the prime minister was due to address a public meeting in Mansehra in the next couple of days. However, he did not confirm date of the PM’s visit.

“We have swept the general elections by winning two National Assembly and four KP Assembly seats and this time too we would instal the district and tehsils’ governments,” he said.

He claimed that as the federal government was about to start development projects for Mansehra city and the district the people would vote for his party.

PTI chief Imran Khan is also due to address a public meeting at Thakra Stadium on May 19. “The arrival of Imran Khan here would change the entire scenario, as people trusted him and they would vote for change,” said PTI district president Shafaat Ali. He said that his party had fielded its contenders with the symbol of bat at almost all district and tehsils wards in Mansehra and hoped that people would vote for them.

“Our provincial government has introduced drastic changes in the health and education sectors and brought corruption near to zero and people would vote for our candidates,” the PTI leader claimed.

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq is expected to address a public meeting here in the next few days.

“Yes, Sirajul Haq will address a public meeting here on May 22,” said JI district chief Dr Tariq Sherazi. He said that his was one of the largest political parties in the district and hoped to form the tehisls and district governments with the support of like-minded parties following the LG elections in the district.

Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2015

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