LAHORE In a significant development, President Asif Ali Zardari has directed PPP legislators in Punjab Assembly to extend their support to the PML-N regarding amendments in Local Government Ordinance, which could not be moved in the Assembly on Wednesday due to lack of consensus between the two parties. In his exclusive talk to The Nation after his meeting with President Zardari in Islamabad, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer confirmed the development, saying that PPPs Parliamentary party in Punjab Assembly had been asked to vote in favour of the Local Government (Amendment) Bill, as conceived by the PML-N. Taseer further told this scribe that the said legislation on Local Governments would be passed by Punjab Assembly on Thursday (today) with the support of PPP lawmakers, who have been asked by party Co Chairman to cooperate with the PML-N for the sake of political stability in the country. It merits mention here that Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was on the agenda of business of the Punjab Assembly for Wednesday, but the Treasury did not move it because of PPPs reservations on new changes being brought about in the said ordinance. The PPP and the PML-N were having differences over establishment of proposed Election Authority, a body that would conduct local elections instead of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The two parties had also divergent views over appointment of non-political administrators in place of district and Tehsil Nazims, as the PPP wanted political persons to occupy these slots. But now in the light of new development, the PPP has withdrawn its objections to the new changes on the instruction of party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Earlier, Governor Salman Taseer and Punjab Minister for Finance Tanvir Ashraf Kaira met President Zardari at the Presidency and conveyed to him the reservations of PPPs Parliamentary Party and Punjab organisation with regard to new changes in the Local Government Ordinance. Taseer also met PM Gilani at the PM House to apprise him of the sentiments of PPP legislators on the issue in question. Both the President and the Prime Minister told Punjab Governor that country could not afford any confrontation among political parties at the moment, so the PPP should support its coalition partner in Punjab. 'The PPP believes in reconciliation with all parties and wanted to take all coalition partners along with it, the sources quoted President Zardari as having told Governor Taseer.