Pakistan General Election: Grand Democratic Alliance may pose formidable challenge to ruling PPP in Sindh

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Islamabad: As the campaign for the 2018 General Elections in Pakistan has entered its final phase, the question remains as to whether the Sindh-based electoral alliance, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) would clinch enough seats to oust Asif Ali Zardari-led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from the Chief Minister’s House.PPP, founded by the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, has won two consecutive terms in 2008 and 2013 in the province and remained in power for a decade sans a formidable opposition. According to political observers, the General Election on 25 July marks the beginning of an era of political awareness due to the presence of social media.Not only has the PPP been in power in the province in the last decade, it has been in the government several times since the 1970 General Elections.The PPP this time hopes to gain its lost ground in the urban constituencies of Karachi and Hyderabad because of the internal rifts and split of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) into two major factions—Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). The GDA, which is struggling to oust the PPP from power, is an alliance of five Sindh-based political parties and has the support of some influential political families of the province.