LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is confident of gaining enough support by the evening on Monday to form a provincial government in Punjab.
Currently, the party holds 134 seats in Punjab Assembly while the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds 139 seats. “Tonight, PTI will achieve the 140-mark in Punjab Assembly. Talks are being held between members and parties to for the government,” PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said.
The next 12 hours will be crucial to the party as it will become clear whether it will be able to form the provincial government. Sources claim that eight parliamentarians of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) will announce their support to PTI.
“Four independents will enter the party formally by evening,” Chaudhry added.
As soon as the majority is secured, the party will announce its Punjab chief minister candidate, Chaudhry confirmed.
PML-Q late on Sunday night decided to back PTI in forming the government in Punjab after dismissing PML-N’s overtures to join their ranks instead.
Chaudhry Shujaat and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi are expected to arrive at Bani Gala on (Monday) at 5pm to hold talks with the PTI leadership. Sources say that in making the decision the PML-Q plainly refused the PML-N’s approaches.
The decision was made at a party meeting called by Shujaat. The view of the party leadership was that the PML-N has always reached out to them whenever it has been in their own best interests. Insiders say that a consensus was built on supporting the PTI in Punjab and the National Assembly to foster ties between the two parties.
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