NA-200 is known as a bastion of the Bhutto Dynasty. Formerly known as NA-204, NA-200 is considered one of the most important constituencies of Pakistan. This is the same constituency from where former Prime Minister of Pakistan, late Benazir Bhutto was elected and after her assassination, former president and her husband Asif Ali Zardari contested and won with a huge margin. In Elections 2018, their son, Bilawal Bhutto is facing MMA’s Rashid Mahmood Soomro. Let’s have a look at both candidates’ profiles and predict possible results.
Political Party: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
Highest Office Held: Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inherited the political legacy of his mother, Benazir Bhutto, and grandfather, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. After the assassination of his mother, he was elected as Chairperson of PPP, unanimously. An Oxford University graduate, he also remained a part of the prestigious Oxford Union Debating Society. He is also a nominee for the position of Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Due to his political wisdom and leftist notions, he has emerged as a charismatic leader and is applauded by PPP jiyala’s for carrying his ancestral legacy forward. Bilawal is debuting in these elections and undoubtedly the people of this constituency are showing their support and affection towards him. Recently, he launched PPP’s manifesto, which according to people of this constituency, reflects his grandfather’s ideology. His election campaign is also rotating around his grandfather’s notions, which are helping him gather a huge public support in his constituency as well as in Sindh.
Political Party: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
Highest Office Held: General Secretary JUI-F – Sindh
A prominent figure of Jamiyat Ulama -e- Islam, Maulana Soomro has a pretty interesting political narrative. The JUI-F, known as MMA after the grand alliance between JI and JUI-F, have orchestrated their plans to unite quite efficiently. According to Dawn, the Larkana Awami Ittihad’s (LAI) convener, Haji Munawwar Ali Abbasi, conducted a meeting of different political parties where it was decided unanimously that Maulana Soomro will be the single candidate representing them all in opposition to Bilawal. This political alliance has greatly strengthened Soomro’s position in this constituency. On Sunday, the LAI, MMA, and GDA also held a grand power show against PPP, chanting slogans of “Go Zardari Go” in unison.
Soomro also has a huge following of right-wing supporters so it is quite obvious that he is going to secure the majority of the votes from conservatives. Moreover, the alliance of candidates has alleged that PPP has not managed to live up to its promises and has been a corrupt administrative body in the past.
NA-200 is already considered the Bhutto dynasty’s bastion. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto also contested from this constituency and grabbed National Assembly seats by a huge margin. After Benazir’s assassination, her husband and newly appointed chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari contested elections and secured this seat once again. Sympathetic support for PPP is something that won’t die away anytime soon. And the jiyalas of PPP will forever remain loyal to the party and NA-200 houses many such people. However, Soomro’s position is also quite strong and it seems that he will not allow Bilawal to grab this seat easily.