Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) declared on Sunday that it has successfully obtained 130 seats in Punjab since the July 25 elections, thereby making it the largest party in the province.
Both the PTI and PML-N are embroiled in a tussle for control of Punjab. PML-N was previously in the lead with 129 seats, while the PTI was on its heels with 123 seats.
The latest count is a result of the inclusion of seven independent candidates, of whom four joined the PTI Saturday and three Sunday.
The three independent candidates to join the party Sunday were Syed Saeedul Hasan from PP-46 Narowal-I, Raja Sagheer Ahmed from PP-7 Rawalpindi-II, and Muhammad Salman from PP-217 Multan-VII.
PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that three or four more candidates are expected to join the party tonight which will boost the total number of seats even further.
At least 149 directly elected MPAs are required to form a government. With the addition of reserved and minority seats, at least 185 out of a total of 371 seats are required to form a government in Punjab.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid on Sunday refused to support Pakistan Muslim League-N in forming the government in Punjab.
The seven provincial members will be giving their votes in favour of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chief minister nominee.
The decision was taken in party’s consultative meeting chaired by party’s president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.Shujaat Hussain directed the party members to further strengthen the alliance with the PTI, adding that the PML-N has always contacted the party whenever it suits their interests.