LAHORE - In what seems to be declaring war on the provincial government over the issue of Local Government Bill (LG Bill), PTI-led Opposition in the Punjab Assembly has announced to unveil its protest demonstration plan on Friday (tomorrow) against the passage of the Bill.
The joint Opposition led by PTI, which walked out from the Assembly session convened to give approval to the Local Government Bill, announced to unmask its province-wise protest demonstration schedule against the Bill during an All Parties Conference (APC) held a local hotel on Wednesday.
Launching of the protest drive by the small Opposition comprising PTI, PML-Q, PPP and JI against the Bill could prove its first major success striking the Treasury provided it succeeds in staging a massive show across the province.
Punjab Opposition Leader, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed led the APC, while participated by PML-Q’s Waqas Hassan Moakal, PPP’s Qazi Ahmed Saeed, JI leader, Dr Waseem Akhtar, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Sabtain Khan, besides Lahore High Court Bar President, Abid Saqi, Majlis WM leader Asghar Aslam, leader Awami Muslim League Mian Qadeer, Mian Aslam Iqbal, PML-Q leader Waqas Hassan Moakal, JUI-F leader Qari Zawar Buhadar of JUI and Ameer-ul-Azeem.
Opposition Leader on this occasion announced that they would hold a protest demo outside the Assembly on Thursday (today) while the session would be going on.
The APC passed a joint declaration against the Local Government Bill, which claimed that Bill adopted by the Treasury in Punjab Assembly was done by bulldozing the Opposition.
The resolution also warned the provincial government that Opposition parties would not only hold protests across the province but also move to the courts against the Bill, which they claimed was against the spirit of the Constitution.
Terming the adoption of the Local Government Bill by the provincial government as unlawful, the APC through its joint declaration said that Bill was laid in violation of Constitution’s Article 140-A.
As the Article obligates the provincial government to transfer administrative and financial powers to the elected local representatives and conducting the local polls on party-basis, it said.
They demanded that the provincial government must legislate a Bill in compliance with the Constitution.
The Local Bodies elections must be held on party-basis, as non-party-basis local elections would result in establishing dictatorship of the ruling party in the province, the APC added.
The declaration said that Chief Minister should not have the authority to suspend the Chairman District Council or the Metropolitan Mayor and only the local house of the elected representatives should have the authority to remove the head of the district or metropolitan corporation.
It stated that discretionary powers given to the provincial chief executive in the Bill about suspending the Local Bodies office-bearers including the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Mayor reflects dictatorial mindset.