LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday claimed it will get the required number of seats to form the government in Punjab.
Spokesperson of the party Fawad Chaudhry, in a statement to the media, said four more candidates have pledged alliance to the party.
The total count of PTI’s seats in the provincial assembly will reach 140 by tonight, Chaudhry claimed. He further added that the party was in contact with other independent candidates in Punjab.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) will form an alliance with PTI.
A delegation of PML-Q is scheduled to meet PTI chief Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence in the federal capital later today. The alliance could add eight seats to PTI’s total — seven candidates of PML-Q and one independent candidate who joined the party earlier.
The support of at least 148 members is required for a party to have its chief minister elected in the province.
On Sunday, sources informed Geo News that PML-Q refused to extend its support to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to form the government in Punjab.
With back-to-back joinings of independent candidates, PTI has emerged — at least on paper — as the largest party in terms of its share of seats in the assembly.