Tough choice for PML-N in finalising Senate aspirants

ISLAMABAD: With only a few seats available and a large number of aspirants, the leadership of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) is likely to take tough decisions while finalising the candidates for the Senate elections on March 3.
Sources in the party told Dawn that a number of party members had started lobbying after the leadership formally invited applications from those willing to contest the Senate elections on the PML-N ticket. The last date for the submission of applications with a non-refundable fee of Rs50,000 is January 30.
Interactions with a number of aspirants, however, showed that some of the party leaders were not willing to submit applications without getting a green signal from the top party leadership as they did not want to be seen as rejected candidates.
“Of course, I am willing to become a senator but I will submit an application only when I am asked to do so by the Sharifs themselves,” said a senior PML-N leader and a former senator.