Leader of the opposition in Senate PPP’s right: Gilani
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, who was declared leader of the opposition in Senate on Friday (March 26), has said that PPP has the right to have its candidate as opposition leader in Senate because it is the single largest party in the Upper House, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.
Talking to the media at Zardari House in Islamabad, he said Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami National Party and members from erstwhile FATA had supported him in his elevation to the position of opposition leader.
Gilani said the party had been told by its legal experts that there was no way that Senate elections could be postponed despite resignations.
Gilani said then these observations were forwarded to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) parties. “We briefed the parties that Senate elections could not be postponed even if resignations were given en masse. This convinced the PDM which later also participated in by-elections, and met with thumping success,” he said, and added for PPP, giving resignations was the last option. “PPP Chairman Bilawal had conveyed to the PDM parties that no-trust move and other options should be utilized first before giving resignations,” he claimed.
He said it had always been PPP’s viewpoint not to boycott elections. “Parliament’s voice is the voice of people of Pakistan,” PPP leader commented.
PPP leader said the party was prepared for the long march. “But when PDM leaders told PPP that there was no use of a long march without resignations, there was a ‘difference of opinion’, and not ‘misunderstanding’ as was being portrayed, between PPP and other parties of the opposition’s alliance,” he clarified.
He said the difference of opinion was the beauty of democracy.
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate said PPP had bought time from the PDM to think over giving resignations, which was thankfully granted.