And a jungle it is – amid fresh allegations leveled by rival PTI, ranging from backing by foreign powers to pre-poll bribery and outright coercion, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N has shown that it still rules Lahore. The ‘sher’ may have grown a tad weaker, but it’s still roaring.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, N- league’s candidate, defeated rival Aleem Khan in a tight contest, bagging over 76,000 votes as opposed to Khan’s 73,000(ish). Sadiq was de-seated from his constituency and from speakership of the National Assembly on August 22 this summer, following a ruling by an election tribunal declaring his election null and void.

Run-off results from all 281 polling stations in NA-122 showed that Sadiq had bagged over 75,000 votes; Aleem Khan following a close second with 73,000 plus, and almost-ran PPP limping behind with a tally of just a few thousand votes.

Surveys by Gallup and Pulse Consultant had already predicted a victory for PML-N, giving it a narrow edge in voter opinion over PTI, but extra precautions were in place to fend off any accusations of rigging this time around. Election material was delivered to the polling staff under Army supervision, and both the military and police personnel liasoned to conduct surveillance at polling stations deemed sensitive.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter started buzzing as soon as the poll results started rolling in. Twitter became alive with tweets from both sides, the winning side at its chirpiest, with posts from, Maryam Nawaz, Abid Sher Ali, Khawaja Asif and the other Khawaja, Saad Rafique.

All that is left now for the Kaptaan and his jiyalas is to draw consolation from the fact that the support for PML-N has dwindled a bit and that PTI has certainly made inroads into their territory. Revenge, if and when it comes in the next general election, will be sweeter for the waiting.