The Pakistan People's Party suffered its first major organisational setback on Wednesday when a number of prominent members, including former minister of state for information and a senior vice president of the party in Punjab, Samsam Bokhari, and former MPAs Ashraf Sohna and Ikramullah announced their decision to leave the PPP and join the PTI. The development comes as no surprise, though. In fact, more people are expected to follow suit in the days to come. There have been rumblings of discontent in the party for quite some time because of the leadership's policies and style of functioning. Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari's policy of reconciliation, which essentially meant making compromises to stay in power without a thought about what once used to be seen as an issues-oriented progressive liberal party, did considerable harm. If that created a sense of alienation among the usual PPP jiyalas, like Ashraf Sohna has been, the co-Chairman hardly ever bothered to stay in touch with the party's traditional support base in the province. Most of the leaders and their workers found themselves to be elbowed aside by outsiders, which generated a lot of resentment. Hence, the most recent party meeting Zardari presided over in Lahore last winter after a long absence ended up in a fight between the old and new factions of the party.