Punjab

I am against forward bloc: Pervaiz Elahi

Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Sunday has said that election of Punjab Chief Minister will be held on the basis of division of the House, rather than secret balloting.
Talking to newsmen ahead of the session, Elahi said the election will be transparent. He also urged opposition to cooperate for taking the democratic process ahead instead of putting hurdles in its way.
He said opposition will not get anything from protest inside the House during today s election.
It is to be mentioned here that PTI’s Usman Buzdar and PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz are contesting for the post of Punjab CM.
In the House of 358, an aspirant requires 178 votes to become chief minister and House’s leader. PTI enjoys support of 186 MPAs [members of provincial assembly] whereas PML-N enjoys support of 162.
Three independent lawmakers and one MPA of Rah-e-Haq party will also cast their vote.
Usman Buzdar garnered 26,897 votes from PP-286 Taunsa Sharif and defeated independent candidate Khawaja Muhammad Nizamul Mehmood.
Hamza Shehbaz—son of PML-N’s president Shehbaz Sharif—had secured PA’s seat from constituency PP-146.