LAHORE - Though the PPP and the PML-Q have reached an understanding on seat adjustments for the coming elections, but the Chaudhrys of Gujrat are not sure if the PPP Jiaylas would vote for their candidates in constituencies given to them under the agreement. “Mr Prime Minister! Your Jiaylas would not vote for our candidates, and we will have to rely solely on our own muscles to grab some seats”, a PPP source quoted Ch Shujaat Hussain as having complained to Prime Minister Gilani at a recent meeting held at Chaudhrys’ Lahore residence to discuss the issue of seat adjustments for the coming elections. The two coalition partners have an agreement that PPP would not field its candidates in the constituencies, both provincial and national, won by the PML-Q in 2008 elections; and vice versa. The PPP was made to accept this arrangement as ‘quid pro quo’ for PML-Q’s support to its govt in the Centre. When asked what made Ch Shujaat to complain to the prime minister about the likelihood of PPP Jiaylas not voting for PML-Q candidates, the source disclosed that there is a greater realisation in the Q-League that majority of PPP voters considered their party as ‘Qatil League’ and hence won’t be voting for their candidates in those constituencies. In view of this, he added, the PML-Q leaders had then sought development funds, around 17b rupees, to ensure victory of their candidates and the govt agreed to it at that time. But the funds were never released on the pretext of shortage of resources. With the passage of time, the Chaudhrys developed a grudge which found its manifestation in the recent statements of Ch Pervaiz Elahi and Senator Kamil Ali Agha criticising their own govt on the issue of loadshedding. According to sources, they also decided to review the terms of the agreement earlier reached with the PPP regarding seat adjustments in view of the new situation in which they were to depend solely on their own strength to cope with the two important challenges: no development work in the constituencies to allure the voters and the anticipated non-cooperative behaviour of PPP Jiaylas during the upcoming polls. “It was in this background that Chaudhrys were holding an important meeting on Friday last to work out a new election strategy when PM Gilani reached their Lahore residence in a virtual gatecrashing”, said the sources, adding that the option of making seat adjustments with PPP’s rival parties especially the PML-N was also on the table. “The prime minister had got wind of the ‘mysterious’ activities taking place at Zahoor Elahi Road and decided to rush to the venue to woo the Chaudhrys”, a PPP source told this scribe who also informed that PM Gilani pledged releasing a part of the amount in question besides giving them the assurance that PPP Jiaylas would also be instructed to vote for Q-League candidates as well in the specified constituencies. The issue seems to have subsided for the time being, but Friday’s episode has left questions on the viability of the seat adjustment formula between the two parties. Political observe think that it was a first jolt to the electoral alliance agreed between the two parties last year. They expect more as the election date gets nearer. Under the agreement, the PPP had given an undertaking to the PML-Q that it would not field its candidates in 50 national and 84 Punjab Assembly constituencies won by the latter in 2008 general elections. Similarly, the PML-Q had assured to do the same in case of seats won by the PPP in last elections.