PML-N maintains numerical superiority in Punjab Assembly
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The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) enjoys majority with 164 votes in Punjab Assembly, whereas, its archrival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been left with 158 votes after the disqualification of its 25 dissident MPAs, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
The PML-N had 165 votes in the House earlier. One of its MPAs resigned; nevertheless, the party still maintains majority in the assembly with 164 votes.
The seven MPAs of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also support the PML-N, taking the number of votes to 172.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had 183 votes earlier. After the disqualification of its 25 dissident MPAs, it has been left with 158 MPAs in the House.
Moreover, the 10 MPAs of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) also support the PTI, taking the number of its votes to 168.
The role of five independent MPAs becomes crucial in this situation.
To gain simple majority, Hamza Shehbaz needs 14 more votes.
According to the sub-clause (4) of Article 130 of the Constitution, if either of the two candidates fails to gain the simple majority with 186 votes, a re-election for the leader of the House will be held.
The candidate, who gains majority in the re-poll, will be elected as the leader of the House.
Reporter: Qazafi Butt