VOC: Lucky PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan after losing the Islamabad seat in the Senate elections, announced that he would seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly.

In the March 3 Senate elections, the opposition candidate Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani has defeated the PTI government candidate Mr. Hafeez Sheikh for the general seat. Some observers and the opposition have said that the majority of the ruling coalition had become a minority, after which Prime Minister Imran Khan voluntarily decided to take a vote of confidence from the National Assembly. According to the parliamentary experts, this is the first time in Pakistan’s parliamentary history that the president of his own party has realized that the Leader of the House has lost his majority and has ordered the Prime Minister to take a vote of confidence. But as per the rules, the procedure for electing the Prime Minister and the vote of confidence is almost the same. The only difference is that the role of the opposition in a vote of confidence is negligible. If less than 172 members of the National Assembly express their confidence in the Prime Minister during the vote of confidence. If the rest of the members are absent or go to the lobbies even though they are in the House and do not get their names registered with the enumerators, it will mean that the Prime Minister has lost the majority in the House. But, the Lucky PM after receiving the vote of confidence, (In 2018, Imran Khan had got 176 votes. Today, two and a half years later, he has got 178 votes) in his address, questioned the transparency of the Senate elections and demanded that the Election Commission be briefed by the country’s intelligence agencies on how much money was spent on the Senate elections. It should be noted that the government had the support of 180 members in the vote of confidence of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly today. For a simple majority, Imran Khan needed 172 votes while the opposition had 160 seats