Quddus Bizenjo elected Balochistan chief minister unopposed

By: News Desk      Published: 12:06 PM, 29 Oct, 2021
Balochistan chief minister
File photo of Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo.

After months of political uncertainty in Balochistan, the provincial assembly finally drew a curtain on it by electing Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo unopposed as chief minister of the province, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The former Balochistan Assembly speaker who resigned from his post in order to contest for the election of the office of chief minister of the province following the resignation of ex-chief minister Jam Kamal Alyani emerged victorious after begging 39 votes after the house completed the count of the polled votes on Friday.

Later, Balochistan Governor Syed Zahoor Agha administered oath to the office of chief minister from Bizenjo at Governor’s House. 

It is interesting to note that no member from the opposition benches has cast his vote in the election of the Leader of the House. 

The Balochistan National Party (BNP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) stayed away from the voting process. 

Former chief minister Jam Kamal too did not take part in the voting process. Awami National Party leader Malik Naeem Bazai could not cast his vote as he came late to the house.

Acting Balochistan Assembly Speaker Babar Musa Khel could not cast his ballot because he was presiding over the assembly session. 

It is the second time that Bizenjo has been elected as chief minister of Balochistan. In January 2018, he was elected as the CM after former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri resigned from the office.

PTI leader Sardar Muhammad Rind who wanted to contest the election for the office of Balochistan chief minister and stepped down in favour of Bizenjo, congratulated him on his election. He said Bizenjo was a lucky man that two times he became the Leader of the House in a short span of time.

Besides him, parliamentary leaders of other parties including Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and Asghar Achakzai also felicitated Bizenjo on his success. They hoped Bizenjo would not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor and would take decisions after consulting provincial cabinet and the elected members. They assured their all-out support for the development of the province.

Bizenjo was all set to become Balochistan chief minister unopposed as no MPA filed nomination papers to contest for the top slot. 

Bizenjo on Thursday said he would announce the future policy of his government after Friday’s assembly session. 

Yesterday, Bizenjo visited the Baluchistan Assembly as speaker and had a farewell meeting with the assembly secretary and staff. Talking to media, he said that he believed in action and not words. 

Former CM Jam Kamal stepped down on Sunday, providing the disgruntled members with a feeling of victory. Bizenjo then resigned from the post of Balochistan Assembly speaker to contest for the CM slot.

Former chief minister Jam Kamal on Thursday extended support and expressed hope that Bizenjo would work for bringing an improvement in the affairs of state.

“We all as Balochistan Awami Party stand together and firm on all consensus decisions...our differences were before my resignation, but not after that. Party has no groupings and we all stand one...my good wishes for Bizenjo,” he tweeted.

Reporter Rizwan Saeed