Alliance with BNP-M PTI claims 180 NA seats to form govt

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ISLAMABAD
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday claimed, after the alliance with Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), has gathered support of 180 MNAs-elect to form government in the centre.
The PTI information secretary said in a statement on Twitter, “After the Akhtar Mengal-led BNP-M announced an alliance with the PTI, the party now has 180 seats in NA. To attain a majority in the legislature, 172 seats are required.”
Earlier this week, Mengal had set two stipulations for becoming part of forming governments at the centre and the province.
The two issues are – recovery of missing persons and declaring Balochistan as the major beneficiary in the development projects being carried out under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Moreover, he had also refused to meet Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan at Banigala, saying if a meeting was desired in this regard, Imran could meet him at Balochistan House.
Moreover, The PTI information secretary also said the party had not finalised its candidate for the Punjab chief minister slot.
Fawad told media the PTI Parliamentary Committee has given party chief, the mandate to select a candidate for the position.
“I will only be able to tell you who will be our candidate for the Punjab CM slot when Imran Khan announces it, but until now, Raja Yasir or anyone else has not been finalised for the position,” Chaudhry clarified.
The PTI leader further said, “Imran had said the candidate (for Punjab CM slot) would be a person who has no corruption charges against them.”
Commenting on legal cases against Yasir, Fawad said that he would only be able to elaborate on the matter when the former would discuss the same with him.
The PTI and its political rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are locked in a battle to form the next Punjab government after both failed to win an outright majority in the country’s largest provincial assembly.
In the Punjab Assembly, PML-N leads with 127 seats while PTI is a close second with 122 seats, as per the ECP’s results of 294 out of 295 total seats. News Desk

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