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PML-N offering PTI leaders up to 50 crores to change loyalties: Murad Raas

Raas says PML-N is a "shameless chor” trying to do everything to stay in power.

PTI leader and former provincial minister Murad Raas on Tuesday claimed that the PML-N is offering PTI lawmakers between Rs300 million to Rs500 million each to change their loyalties ahead of the vote recount for the Punjab chief minister post.

In a tweet, Raas referred to the PML-N as a “shameless chor,” trying to do everything to stay in power.

Mian Aslam Iqbal, leader of the PTI, stated that their numbers are complete but that a “market is being set up to buy members.”

Yasmin Rashid, another PTI leader, stated that PTI does not want to start a fight. “We have won 15 seats. The people have spoken,” she said.

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The PTI leader added that Rana Sanaullah should tone down his threatening rhetoric, stating that he was also responsible for the Model Town massacre and that if the politics of looting had been acceptable, the people would have voted for PML-N.

The landslide victory of PTI in the Punjab by-polls has wholly changed the numbers game in the Punjab Assembly. Chaudhry Pervez Elahi is most likely to replace Hamza Shahbaz Sharif as the new chief minister of the province.

Almost all the turncoats who joined the PML-N and voted for Hamza lost to the PTI candidates.

In the Sunday by-elections, PTI won 15 out of the total 20 seats. PML-N won four, and one independent won the remaining seat. Before the by-polls, PTI and PML-Q had jointly attained the strength of 173 (163 of PTI and 10 of PML-Q).

Now, with 15 additional seats, the total seats in hand have reached 188, whereas the figure for the simple majority stands at 186. The PTI and PML-Q have crossed that landmark.

The Chief Minister’s election in the Punjab Assembly will be held on July 22, 2022.

On July 18, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah said that the PML-N would not let the PML-Q’s Chaudhry Pervez Elahi become the provincial chief executive easily.

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The minister gave that statement while speaking on Geo News programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath” on Monday night. He said that the defeat in the Punjab by-elections was a “temporary loss” that the PML-N would recover from in the next election.

“These 20 seats were of PTI, five of which have been claimed by the PML-N. We will lead with a two-thirds majority when PML-N and PTI come face to face,” Sanaullah said.

With input from Geo News