ISLAMABAD: The top PML-N leadership’s determined efforts to round up all federal and provincial legislators of the PML-Q, minus the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, has largely failed to materialize.
A senior PML-Q leader admitted that his party legislators would naturally feel more comfortable with the PML-N than the PPP’s But as a party, the PML-Q will not merge into the PML-N unless the Sharif brothers dismount the high horse and change their attitudes.
He was of the view that the PML-Q had realized that now Nawaz Sharif did not enjoy the same powerful position that he had before breaking his alliance with the PPP.
His position has remarkably weakened after the election of Asif Ali Zardari as the president of Pakistan, he added.
The PML-Q leader claimed that Zardari had cornered Nawaz Sharif and at the same time clinched all the top official slots one by one. Now, he said, the PML-N has not much space to manoeuvre as Zardari has accepted none of its demands, including the one relating to the restoration of the deposed judges. At the same time, he said, Zardari was vested with all the powers that Musharraf used to have.
With the hard stand taken by Nawaz Sharif vis-†-vis the Chaudhrys, he said, several PML-Q lawmakers have got a viable alternative in the shape of the PPP, which is offering them a lot for joining the government and which is in a position to give something to them in the Punjab provided it succeeds in forming the government in the province.
The PML-Q leader said the biggest success the Chaudhrys had so far scored was that they had been able to keep a significant number of federal and Punjab lawmakers with them despite the fact that they had faced huge embarrassment of massive defections in parliament and the Punjab Assembly.
He admitted that most of the PML-Q floor crossers in parliament during the presidential election supported Zardari for different considerations. This lot is not reliable for any political party, he regretted