Grand Democratic Alliance

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Grand Democratic Alliance
گرانڈ جمہوری اتحاد
AbbreviationGDA
LeaderPir Pagaro
General SecretaryAyaz Latif Palijo[1]
Founded23 October 2017 (2017-10-23)[2]
IdeologyAnti-PPP[3]
Anti-PDM[a]
Regionalism
Big tent
Political positionCentre
Colors  Green
Senate
1 / 100
National Assembly
3 / 342
Sindh Assembly
14 / 168
Election symbol
Star
Five-pointed star.svg
Party flag
Grand Democratic Alliance flag.png

The Grand Democratic Alliance (Urdu: گرانڈ جمہوری اتحاد) or GDA is a Regionalist political alliance based in Sindh, Pakistan. It was founded on 23 October 2017 as a movement against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in the Sindh accusing PPP regime of poor governance, fascism and corruption, the alliance claiming that the people of Sindh are unhappy with the PPP government in Sindh.[4] It currently has 14 seats in the Sindh Assembly and 3 seats in the National Assembly.

History[edit]

On 23 October 2017, Grand Democratic Alliance was formed in Sindh, Pakistan. On 26 November 2017, the leaders of the GDA participated in GDA's first official meeting to be held in Sukkur on November 26.[5][6] The alliance was formed to defeat the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the Sindh province, which is considered a stronghold of the PPP. The alliance has been seen as a major challenger to the PPP in the 2018 elections.[7][8]

2018 general elections[edit]

For the 2018 Pakistani general election, the GDA joined hands with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf by forming seat adjustments in more than ten seats with the aim of defeating the PPP. As a result of the election, the GDA won 14 seats in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, 3 seats in the National Assembly and garnered almost 15% of the vote in Sindh.[9][10]

Parties[edit]

The following individuals and political parties are part of the GDA:[11]

Parties joining later[edit]

Name Flag National

Leader

Main ideology Political Position Symbol
SUP Sindh United Party[12]
سندھ یونائیٹڈ پارٹی
سنڌ يونائيٽڊ پارٽي جو جهنڊو.svg Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah Sindhi nationalism Left-wing Car

Initial parties[edit]

Name Flag National

Leader

Main ideology Political Position Symbol
PML(Q) Pakistan Muslim League (Q)[b]
پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ق)
Flag of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q).svg Wajahat Hussain[13] Conservatism Centre Tractor
QAT Qaumi Awami Tehreek
قومی عوامی تحریک
Awami Tahreek (Sindh).svg Ayaz Latif Palijo Communism Far-left Whistle
PML(F) Pakistan Muslim League (F)
پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ف)
Flag of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q).svg Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi Islamic democracy Centre-right Rose
SNF Sindh National Front
سندھ‎ قومی محاذ
Sindh National Front Flag.svg Mumtaz Bhutto Sindhi nationalism Left-wing
PPP-W Pakistan Peoples Party Workers[14]
پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی ورکرز
Flag of Pakistan People's Party.svg Safdar Abbasi Social democracy Centre-left Victory sign
PPP-SB Pakistan Peoples Party (Shaheed Bhutto)[15]
پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی (شہید بھٹو)
Flag of PPP-SB.svg Ghinwa Bhutto Democratic socialism Left-wing Fist[16]
NPP National Peoples Party
نیشنل پیپلز پارٹی‎
National People's Party Flag.svg Murtaza Jatoi Secularism
Hand saw

References[edit]

  1. ^ GDA Strongly oppoese the PDM and Show Solidary and support PTI in Azadi march
  2. ^ Only in Sindh
  1. ^ "Nationalist leaders praise apex court judgment". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 9 April 2022. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  2. ^ "PPP rivals to formally register Grand Democratic Alliance". Express Tribune. 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ "GDA the anti-PPP alliance". Dawn. 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ Mansoor, Hasan (February 2003). "The pathology of military democracy: Manufacturing a government in Sindh". Himal South Asia. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10.
  5. ^ "PPP rivals to formally register Grand Democratic Alliance". The Express Tribune. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  6. ^ "Mirzas join Pagara-led GDA, to contest election from Badin". Dawn. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Pakistan General Election: Grand Democratic Alliance may pose formidable challenge to ruling PPP in Sindh". Firstpost. 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Pagara, Chaudhrys join hands to make a 'formidable' poll alliance". Dawn. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Election 2018: PTI makes seat adjustment with five political parties - Pakistan".
  10. ^ "PTI makes seat adjustment with Pir Pagara's GDA to defeat PPP in Sindh | SAMAA".
  11. ^ "GDA to get registered with ECP, contest general election with full force". Dawn. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  12. ^ "SUP joins GDA to make a stand against 'bad' governance". The News International. 3 January 2023. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  13. ^ "Ch Shujaat 'sacked' as PML-Q president". The News International (newspaper). 26 January 2023. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  14. ^ Imran Mukhtar (14 July 2018). "Pakistan General Election: Grand Democratic Alliance may pose formidable challenge to ruling PPP in Sindh". firstpost.com.
  15. ^ Imran Mukhtar (14 July 2018). "Pakistan General Election: Grand Democratic Alliance may pose formidable challenge to ruling PPP in Sindh". firstpost.com.
  16. ^ "ECP allots election symbols to 103 political parties | Pakistan Today". archive.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 2021-04-06.