Quetta - Dismissing rumors about horse-trading, Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo on Monday clarified that there was no room for such illegal practice in upcoming Senate elections in Balochistan.

“candidates backed by our group will clinch eight to nine seats as we have support of 41 lawmakers in the Balochistan Assembly, Mir Bizenjo claimed while talking to media men at Election Commission office after appearing before commission to second the nomination papers of Shama Perveen Magsi for Senate elections.

The chief minister was also flanked by Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti and PkMAP defiant lawmaker Manzoor Ahmed Kakar.

A dramatic in-house change on Jan 9, when 14 legislators submitted a no-trust motion against PML-N chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in the Balochistan Assembly, made Sana quit the office moments before the assembly had to decide his fate. The opposition and rebel lawmakers amassed 41 votes in an endeavour to expel Zehri and elected Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo. The chief minister said they had the support of 41 members of the assembly and their nominated candidates were taking part in the Senate elections as independent candidates and would win 8-9 seats.

Mir Bizenjo added that Like-Minded people were part of their group where decisions would be made with mutual consultation of all.

He asked media representatives to avoid publishing such unverified news regarding Senate elections.

“Media shouldn’t break out any news sans confirmation,” Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo asserted upon the media men to stop publishing rumors.

The chief minister told media that they would make contacts with JUI-F and other parties regarding Senate elections and hoped that they would get good results in the Senate polls. Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti, talking on the occasion, said that allegations of horse-trading for millions of rupees were being levelled against various candidates they had seconded. He asked the opponents to prove the allegations if they were having concrete evidence in this regard.

Bugti, rejecting the news of horse-trading in Senate polls, said that none of the member was involved in such a practice, and also brushed aside all news of differences amongst the chief minister and cabinet members. At least 28 candidates from various politico-religious parties and independents had filed their nomination papers for the 11 Senate seats from Balochistan.

Amongst them, 12 contenders were also in race as independents to contest for the slots, which has prompted apprehensions of horse-trading. Political parties’ leaders from the province had already recorded their reservations over alleged horse-trading in Senate polls.