Numbers game: All eyes on Punjab Assembly

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly has a total of 371 members, of which, at the moment, 20 seats are vacant and are up for re-polling on July 17.

This brings the total number of MPAs in the Punjab Assembly down to 351.

The ruling PML-N has a majority of 165 members. However, four of its MPAs had previously rebelled against the party leadership, of which two are still undecided about staying with the PML-N. This leaves the PML-N with only 163 MPAs.

On the other side is the Opposition, therefore the PTI, which is 158 MPAs strong at the moment.

The Lahore High Court, in its earlier decision, had ordered the ECP to allot five reserved seats to the Imran Khan-led party, this will bring PTI’s number to 163.

The situation has also become worrisome for the PML-N as the Lahore High Court today ordered the recounting of the votes of the Punjab chief minister’s election and exclude the votes of 25 PTI dissidents.

In the House are also five independents, of which Chaudhry Nisar, the former interior minister, is unlikely to vote. While the PPP has seven MPAs, PML-Q has 10 and the Rah-e-Haq party has one.

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