Dilapidated roads precarious infrastructure, overflowing gutters are visible all around the city. Local government system was introduced to meet the desired living standards but heap upon heap of garbage can be seen at each and every nook of the city.
Local body elections are approaching, just have a glimpse of unions council of Lyari where chairman and vice chairman have been siphoning money and their union councils have been in a dire need of development as they pretend that funds have not been allocated by the government. Lyari has been in limbo as MPA and MNA distanced themselves from this state of affair as they have been citing that roads, infrastructure have not fallen in their jurisdictions.
PPP has lost its stronghold to PTI and JI in 2018 general elections as voters have reacted strongly to made PPP leadership understand that the constituency is no more monopoly of them. Indeed residents of Lyari were at the mercy of Gangsters between 2008 and 2014. People have lost their beloved one mercilessly therefore they implied spiral theory to get revenge from PPP by voting to PTI and JI
Indeed JI and PTI have integrated in Lyari but they are not in a mood to serve the rights of marginalized and labor class people, characterization and defamation of rivals on social media have been in their top agenda to make their presence felt but they need to know that if they can not produce the desired result they too will loose their position in coming local body elections.
PPP has lost ten union councils out of sixteen UC’s in previous local body elections, Party’s central leadership needs to change the method of awarding tickets as their past decisions to give the provincial assembly tickets to incapable and irrelevant candidates who are joining out of nowhere without having any knowledge of grassroots. Therefore defeat was must as they have never been connected to the local politics.
Although PTI and JI have not staunch supporter in Lyari but won national and provincial assembly seats respectively by defeating Bilawal Bhutto and Haji Majeed , I strongly suggest that PPP has to field candidate who must have at least good academic background to represent their constituency and defy the policy of their party besides that party has to know that people have stopped voting just on the name of Zulfiqar Aii Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Virtually PPP has always been favorite of people because of providing more employment opportunities to youth of Lyari.
It is true that past generations have been voting to PPP lawlessness and giving space to rise of Gangsters in PPP last tenure was a major cause of party losing popularity.
Central Leadership of PPP should consider the local body elections as an opportunity for reorganizing, they have to be vigilant in questioning their members about progress in their constituency. Whether funds allocated for development were spent transparently or not because in past they may have won by just getting votes on name of Bhutto but now Ghetto knows the rejection method too.