On Wednesday night, members of the Punjab Assembly sitting on the treasury benches voted to grant Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi a vote of confidence, despite the opposition not attending and ripping up copies of the agenda in protest.
After the Lahore High Court (LHC) declared that the governor had the authority to ask the chief minister to seek the trust of the house even during an ongoing session, the province top executive took the vote of confidence.
In a ruling earlier today, the court established that the minimum number of votes needed to elect a chief minister is 186.
The proposal to confirm Elahi as chief minister was put out by Punjab Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Raja Basharat, and was supported by 186 MPAs.
The opposition did not attend because they claimed the necessary legal prerequisites had not been satisfied and because the vote of confidence ordered by Punjab Governor Baligh-Ur-Rehman was a matter of pending litigation.
While PTI claimed all of its MPAs were present for the session, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters outside the house that certain Legislators from the treasury benches were not in the country. Therefore, tomorrow we will submit the court with all of their travel records and other pertinent paperwork.
In the morning of January 12th, the court will hear CM Elahi’s appeal challenging Rehman’s de-notifying order. The court had given him relief till today, January 12th.
After receiving the house’s vote of confidence, Elahi extended his gratitude to the PTI, MWM, and MPA Bilawal Waraich for their support.
The chief minister has criticised the PML-N for making a “hue and cry” and has urged the party to accept loss. “I support Imran Khan’s goal, and we’ve now confined thieves to their houses.”
The chief minister also praised his legal team for establishing that the governor’s instructions to de-notify him were “illegal.” “I thank Allah that I obtained 186 votes,” he said. Today, PML-N got an unexpected “surprise.”
He emphasised, “There is only one leader: Imran Khan.”