MQM-P’s Tessori smells scam, says Rs3billion ‘spent’ during Senate polls

Karachi (HRNW): Terming the whole exercise a “scam”, Muttahida Qaumi Movement- Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Kamran Tessori on Monday said that at least three billion rupees were “spent” in Sindh during the recently concluded Senate polls,  Speaking exclusively to media, Kamran Tessori- who also contested for a general seat in Senate from MQM-P’s PIB faction- maintained that MQM’s shocking defeat in the Senate polls was not due to some sudden “awakening of conscience” among some party lawmakers but a wider “scam”. “If their conscience had awakened, or they were angry over the infighting in MQM, they had option to vote for their favourite candidates, but whatever happened was because of some other reason,” said Tessori adding that someone texted him that at least three billion rupees were spent during the polls.

He questioned as to why legislators “following their conscience” didn’t vote for any other party but Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)”. “Why someone’s awakened conscience didn’t force him to vote for some MQM candidate?,” asked Tessori.It is pertinent to note here that Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) only managed to win a single seat in Senate polls conducted on March 3 despite a last-minute reconciliation between the party’s rival  factions led by Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 10 out of 12 vacant seats from Sindh while Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) candidate Muzaffar Shah and MQM-P’s Farogh Nasim won the two other seats.

The two leaders decided to nominate Barrister Farogh Naseem, Kamran Khan Tessori, Abdul Qadir Khanzada, Dr Nighat Shakeel and Sanjay Perwani as their candidates for Senate polls. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, however, clarified that Kamran Tessori is not his faction’s candidate and only Farogh Nasim has his backing for the general seat. Difference emerged between Farooq Sattar and his fellow party men upon the nomination of Kamran Tessori as party’s candidate for Senate polls which led to division as party’s Bahadurabad faction led by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui removed Sattar as party’s convener while Sattar dissolved the Rabita Committee and announced fresh elections.

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