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Bargaining, efforts continue.. who wants to be Chief Minister of Punjab

ISLAMABAD: Political parties’ efforts and bargaining were underway to gain power in Punjab province. According sources, there are four candidates including Raja Riaz Ahmed, Qasim Zia, Tanveer Kaira and Governor Salman Taseer. There were still no settlement between PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Q in CM seat. Due to the bargaining position, king maker PML-Q itself started effort for the position of CM and Monise Elahi name come for this.

Political analysts were saying that PML-N position remain strong until and unless PPP gathered their required numbers and show their power. Total members in Punjab Assembly are 370. For the government formation 186 members are needed. Party position in assembly has as PML-N 169, PPP 107, PML-Q 85, PML-F 3, MMA 2 and Independents 4 members respectively.

PML-Q forward bloc 32 members had met to Sharifs Brothers few days back in Raiwind and assured them of their support, due to the PML-N gets clear majority for the leader of the house. No one can form government in Punjab without Manaika camp. If PML-Q 53 members would meet with PPP it’s become 160 members, Similarly the PPP could not set up the government if get support of PML-F 3 and MMA 2 members.

That’s why PML-N is satisfied for their new leader of house and government formation. There were also complexity between PPP and PML- Q for the leader of the house. Governor Punjab wanted to make Mian Manzoor Wattoo as Governor and he himself wants to become CM by contesting interim elections.

In beginning he want to bring weak candidate from PPP for CM later on after budget approval in June he would try to become CM. On the other hand between PML-Q circles there have strong opposition on the expected support to PPP.

While Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) MPA and active member of forward bloc Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti on Monday claimed that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) putting pressure on the forward bloc to support it in Punjab Assembly. Talking to a delegation, he said that the PPP was using tactics to gain support but the forward block MPAs were stand like rock and they were united. He said that the bloc has decided to support PML-N after taking their own constituencies’ peoples into confidence.

He disclosed that the government was also blackmailing the forward bloc MPA Chaudhry Arshad on the issue of case against his brother to gat his support and also those MPAs who were facing small cases in courts. Shaukat Aziz said that a market was set up in the leadership of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer and Raja Riaz at Club Road Lahore.-SANA

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