Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi defied Governor Balighur Rehman’s directive and did not obtain ‘vote of confidence’ from the assembly till 4 pm on Wednesday amid heightened political wrangling in the provincial capital Lahore and federal capital Islamabad.
Governor Rehman had asked CM Elahi on Tuesday to obtain vote of confidence till 4 pm on Wednesday in a special session as he believed that he had lost majority in the house.
Speaker Sibtain Khan had refused to call special session for the purpose as assembly session was adjourned and not prorogued. He argued that when a session of the assembly is in progress, the governor cannot call a special session.
However, experts in constitutional law opined that the it is prerogative of the governor to call a special session and ask the chief minister to get a vote of confidence.
After the adjournment of the session yesterday, the assembly premises were sealed so that no member, except the staff, could enter the building. Extra police personnel were also deployed outside the building. Moreover, containers were parked outside the Chief Minister secretariat to avoid any untoward incident in case of removal of the chief minister by the governor.
In the meanwhile, the PML-N leadership held a meeting to take stock of the situation after CM Elahi’s refusal to obtain vote of confidence. The decision taken during the meeting will be made public by Ata Tarar at a press conference at 10 pm on Wednesday.
PML-Q REPOSES CONFIDENCE IN ELAHI: Meanwhile, the parliamentary party of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) held a meeting to review the ongoing situation in the province and all 10 members of the assembly expressed confidence in Chief Minister Pervez Elahi.
The meeting jointly presided over by Chief Minister Elahi and Parliamentary Leader Sajid Bhatti.
All the members authorised Mr Elahi to take decisions and vowed to follow his advice in letter and spirit. It was decided in the meeting that in case of no-confidence motion, they will vote for the chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker.
The members of the parliamentary party said they and people of Punjab are standing with Mr Elahi and the people resorting to propaganda and rumours of differences in the ranks of the party are bound to fail.
RANA SANAULLAH: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday said that Mr Elahi would not remain the chief minister of Punjab after a new declaration is passed.
Talking to a private news channel, the minister said that the governor would issue the declaration after 4 pm removing Mr Elahi as chief minister if he did not obtain vote of confidence.
He said that the governor of Punjab can also request the prime minister to impose governor rule.
FAWAD CHAUDHRY: Earlier, formerminister Fawad Chaudhry said that the governor should refrain from taking unconstitutional measures.
Fawad said according to Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan’s ruling, the vote of confidence cannot be held today. “The process on the no-confidence motion will start on Friday and will be completed by next week,” he added.
The PTI leader said that the assemblies will be dissolved after the no-trust move failed, adding that both assemblies, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will be dissolved simultaneously and not separately.