Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Thursday that constitutionally PML-Q leader Parvez Elahi “is no longer the chief minister of Punjab.”
“The Punjab governor had asked the chief minister to take a vote of confidence on Wednesday, but he did not. So, according to the constitution, Parvez Elahi is no longer the chief minister,” said Sanaullah while talking to the media in Lahore.
The interior minister added that the governor is using his powers under the Constitution.
He, however, did not reply when asked when the governor would de-notify CM Elahi. On the other hand, he said he could not dictate the governor and it was his discretion when to issue the notification.
On the PTI’s protest outside Governor’s House, the interior minister said that if the party has planned any hooliganism then the government would make the arrangements for it. It was the responsibility of the provincial government to maintain law and order, he added.
“There is no political crisis. An assembly session will be called for the election of the new chief minister,” said Sanaullah, who is also the PML-N’s provincial chief. As soon as the governor would issue notification to remove the chief minister, it would be implemented immediately, he continued.
“Governor has the constitutional right to de-notify the chief minister. When the governor acts as per the Constitution then there is no question of Article 6,” said the minister.
On PTI’s claim that the president will remove the governor, the interior minister said that the president has to follow the orders of the prime minister.
“Removing a governor is far-fetched, the president cannot even remove the bee sitting on his head without the prime minister’s advice,” said Sanaullah.
He said that if the PTI was serious about dissolving the assemblies, Imran Khan would have done it on December 17 instead of giving Dec 23 date for the purpose.
On the notification of Elahi’s removal, Sanaullah said, in his opinion, the governor’s orders should be issued today. “The governor will have to issue a schedule for the new CM’s election.”
About the PML-N’s candidate for the new chief minister, the interior minister said that Hamza Shahbaz is the party’s parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly and he should be their candidate. However, he added that the PML-N has not considered anyone for the new chief minister.