Govt starts showering funds on MPs ahead of Senate polls
The PTI-led governments in the federation and the province have started showering funds upon their member parliaments as Senate elections preparations got momentum, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.
The government has released Rs850million funds for 294 development schemes in Faisalabad.
The TV channel reported that the Member Punjab Assembly will initiate 60 percent development schemes in their constituencies while Member National Assembly would announce remaining forty percent development schemes in their constituencies.
The Senate elections are likely to be held late February or early March as the half of the Senators would retire in March after completing their six-year tenure.
The ruling party PTI is expected to win 20 to 22 seats that would help them take hold of the Upper House of the parliament as well and would pave way for them to pass the legislation.
The Senate polls in Pakistan are notorious for horse-trading and vote-buying and the government this time has moved the Supreme Court seeking guidance on its plans to hold the elections through open balloting through a presidential reference.
The move of open balloting for Senate polls has been made to avoid any unwanted surprises that may jeopardise the PTI’s hopes to get hold of the Senate and its chances to adopt legislation including a rollback of 18th amendment that are facing strong resistance by the opposition.
In the last Senate elections too, the PTI had expelled from the party 20 MPAs who had allegedly sold their votes and left the PTI with lesser number of Senate winners.