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Imran gearing up for battle in Lahore

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Pakistan Tehrek-Insaf (PTI) is gearing up to leave a mark on Lahore after a dismissal show in 2013.

In 2013 elections, PTI had secured the 34 seats; it must improve on its position drastically, to win nearly 100 more seats, in the national assembly.

Lahore which is considered as a stronghold for Sharif’s is up for grabs. Political analysts, who while visiting and examining the political situation in Lahore, have seen a mix-response from the constituents. The PML-N team is confident of its victory. PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif has claimed that his party in the position to make the next government.

Similarly, PTI and even, PPP has is claiming to be a forerunner for the premiership. PTI leadership seems convinced to have enough firepower this time around to win the elections.

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Political analysts and pundits are not entirely convinced that PTI or even any other party is on pole position to make the government with a simple majority.

Some analysts predict that PTI may secure 110 plus seats. While, few believe that PML-N may get 70 plus seats in Punjab, but it will struggle to reach 137 seat mark in the 272 member assembly to get a simple majority.

Whatever the number, these parties may achieve, one thing is highly probable, that next government will be a hung parliament. If PTI reaches even around about the magic number, it may form the government with the help of PML-Q, AML, PSP, and independent candidates. However, Imran Khan warned that a hung parliament would be an unfortunate outcome, adding that the PTI would try to form a government without entering into an alliance with PPP or PML-N and if they couldn’t, they would prefer to sit in opposition benches.

Most of the predictions indicate that none of the party is in position to gain a simple majority with 137 seats. In the given situation, the chances of PML-N and PPP’s coalition government also remain bright, if PML-N performs well in Punjab.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has claimed that his party in the position to make the next government.

Zardari often claims that Imran Khan will not be the next PM, because he may have done is homework, and the Sanjrani formula remains in the cards. Read more: https://www.globalvillagespace.com/can-pti-and-ppps-joint-nominee-sadiq-sanjrani-overpower-pml-n-its-allies/

After seeing the ground realities, Imran is undergoing a rigorous campaign trail to woo voters to reach apposition, where he doesn’t have to rely on another party. Imran’s decision to stay put in Lahore for the last few days of the campaign is significant for the party looking to gain seats in Lahore.

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All the pundits agree that PTI will significantly improve on its performance of 2013. They predict that PTI may take 4-5 seats in Lahore. But, to ensure simple majority PTI has to improve on its position.

Lahore remains an important battleground for PTI.

PTI leadership has decided to stay put in Lahore even on Election Day. Imran will no longer go back to his Banigala residence on Election Day. Imran will visit all the fourteen constituencies on the polling day.

If PTI wins, party leaders will gather in Lahore. In 2013 elections, PTI had secured the 34 seats; it must improve on its position drastically, to win nearly 100 more seats, in the national assembly.

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