Following weeks of political turbulence in Punjab, Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi proved his majority in the provincial assembly, winning the much-hyped vote of confidence amid ruckus and the opposition’s boycott in the early hours of Thursday.
With 186 MPs voted in support of the cooperation of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which was the required number of votes to win the confidence vote, the vote of confidence that started after midnight came to an end.
Elahi will cast the vote “shortly,” according to PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, and the deputy speaker would then confirm it. The discussion then started right back, and Raja Basharat, the law minister, presented the resolution to the house. The voting started once the members were invited to the house.
Members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) gathered around the speaker’s hall when the resolution was being introduced and shouted slogans. Members of the opposition staged a walk as soon as voting started.
The opposition members kicked down the lobby door and stormed out. They protested outside the assembly building against the government.
After disputes among lawmakers on both sides, the government conducted the vote at midnight even though the case was still ongoing in court. The government appeared committed to holding the poll despite the commotion that occurred.
An earlier meeting of the provincial assembly’s work was interrupted by a disturbance. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) urged that the chief minister take the vote of confidence as soon as the proceedings got underway.
The main opposition party insisted on having the voting take place before the Question Hour notwithstanding Speaker Sibtain Khan’s statement that the court will make the decision.
This has been continuing on for three days, the PTI legislators noted. The opposition then surrounded the speaker’s stage and smashed up agenda documents. The PML-N raised objections when the treasury benches passed a bill after a recess.
The opposition party once more surrounded the speaker’s dais and insisted that the government demonstrate its majority. Then the security team defended the speaker.
Later, the speaker began counting the figures at the opposition’s demand. It was determined that the ruling coalition had a majority. The result was the same after a recount, which required the MPs to leave their seats. The PML-N then urged for the proceedings to be postponed until Thursday.
In the meantime, Rana Sanaullah, the federal interior minister, was observed chatting with Khalil Tahir Sindhu in the gallery. This was raised by Basharat, who said that a conspiracy was being forged there and charged Sanaullah with being in charge of the entered by Basharat, who said that conspiracy was being forged there and charged Sanaullah with being in charge of the entire operation.
The PML-N, on the other hand, continued in its request for a delay. The broad debate was requested by the speaker, and it was accepted by everybody. Thus, a general conversation about price increases and the current political environment was held.
Various politicians from the treasury benches, including Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Fayazul Hassan Chohan, took part in the discussion and accused the PML-N of damaging the economy and putting it in the situation it is now in.
The PML-N was continuously asking for the adjournment, but the speaker was firm on continuing the session.
It is worth mentioning here that in a bid to push the federal government into announcing early elections, PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced the dissolution of assemblies where it is in majority.
Considering how the current government was formed, the situation in Punjab was a little more complicated even though the party continues to hold a clear majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
Balighur Rehman, the governor of Punjab, had requested a vote of confidence from Chief Minister Elahi. He was afterward de-notified for not carrying it out.
However, the ruling party brought the matter before the Lahore High Court (LHC). The court reinstated Elahi after he promised to postpone dissolving the assembly until the following hearing on January 11.