Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief and former federal minister Chaudhry Moonis Elahi on Friday disregarded rumours of joining PTI, saying a letter claiming his PTI’s candidature from NA-80 Mandi Bahauddin within the upcoming common elections was pretend.
“Imran Khan is my prime minister and working with Asad Umar is amazing,” Moonis mentioned in a tweet and added that the round was pretend.
The PML-Q chief’s refutation got here after a notification purportedly issued by PTI General Secretary Asad Umar, nominating Moonis as a PTI candidate from the constituency, made rounds on social media.
The letter stirred speculations whether or not the younger scion of the famend Chaudhry family was deserting the celebration.
However, sources within the know of the event advised The Express Tribune that Moonis had certainly requested Asad Umar for candidature from the Mandi Bahauddin constituency with the intention to bridge the widening schism inside his household.
To treatment the festering variations between the 2 camps of the celebration, Moonis had urged that if PTI allowed him to contest the National Assembly polls from NA-80, the PML-Q would be capable of hand over the candidature of Gujarat’s seat to Salik Hussain – who’s a federal minister in PM Shehbaz Sharif cupboard – and thereby bringing the household collectively.
However, resulting from resistance from the native management, the ‘recipe’ was not greenlighted by the PTI management.
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It is pertinent to notice that Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, former minister Wajahat and their sons Moonis and Hussain, respectively, had most well-liked to take care of their alliance with the PTI within the wake of Imran Khan’s ouster by way of a no-confidence vote. Meanwhile, PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat and his sons, MNA Salik Hussain and Shafay Hussain, entered the ruling coalition camp together with two different celebration MNAs.
The Elahi camp is alleged to be led by its ‘de facto’ chief Moonis — who was an element of the Imran Khan cupboard. The Shujaat group, headed by Salik and Shafay Hussain, have repeatedly signalled their intent to not budge on their determination to help the PML-N-led ruling coalition.
It can also be noteworthy that the Chaudhrys of Gujrat have a historic rivalry with the PML-N in Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin constituencies.