TAXILA: The stage is set for the ruling PML-N to grab the key slots of the chairman and vice chairman of the municipal committee (MC) Taxila, as the councillors elected to the house on reserved seats have taken oath, raising the strength of the party in the house to 18.
The PTI, locally known as Sarwar Khan group, has 12 members in the house.
As many as 37 councillors, including 16 women, elected on the seats reserved for women, youth, workers and non-Muslim communities for the MC and the union councils took oath at the community centre on Saturday.
Shahid Imran Marth, the returning officer for the municipal committee, administered the oath to the members of the MC while Qammar Zeeshan, the returning officer for the union councils (UCs), administered the oath to the members elected to the union councils.
PML MPA from Taxila Umer Farooq and PML tehsil president Fayyaz Khan were present on the occasion.
With this, the countdown for the election of chairman and vice chairman of the MC has begun as the Punjab government has announced the schedule under which the candidates will file their nomination papers on December 9 and 10, election symbols will be allotted on December 16 while polling will be held on December 22.
To get political sympathies, the aspirant candidates have launched a publicity drive in the social media and local newspapers with the pictures of animals slaughtered for the good health of PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
According to party sources, Chaudhry Nisar has asked the members to be available on December 5 and 6 as they may be called to the Punjab House in Islamabad for consultation to finalise the names of the party candidates for the slots of chairman and vice chairman.
So far, Zeeshan Sadeeq Butt, Sheikh Sajid Mehmood, Malik Pervaiz and Mehmood Shah have emerged as the strong aspirants for the slots from the PML-N.
But the PTI has also announced to give a tough time to the ruling party by fielding its own candidates for the slots. The local PTI sources said the party had decided to not leave the field open to anyone and show their political strength in the third and final phase of the local government polls.