LAHORE - Despite giving free hand by the Punjab government, the joint oppositions sit-in outside Chief Ministers Secretariat on Saturday, turned out to be a flop show, as out of its total 140 MPAs in the assembly only around 50 turned up at the venue. The PPPs Punjab Parliamentary Party had Friday announced to stage a sit-in outside CM Secretariat to record protest over governments alleged failure to control spread of dengue virus in the province. Later, PML-Q also desired to be part of the show, while PPP too chose to invite office bearers of its Punjab chapter in an attempt to put up an impressive show. Though Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had declared on Friday that government will not allow the Opposition to violate Section-144 on The Mall, but police had instructions not to disrupt the rally. The opposition legislators started their march from Punjab Assembly and gathered outside the CM Secretariat where they were offered cold water to quench their thirst. They, however, declined the hospitality extended to them on behalf of the chief minister who was not present in his office at that time. Besides Opposition Leader Raja Riaz, PPPs Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, General Secretary Samiullah Khan and Additional Secretary Dr Hasnaat Shah were also present on the occasion among PML-Q lawmakers. Lady legislators outnumbered their male colleagues. Faiza Malik, Sajida Mir, Azma Zahid Bukhari and Sagheera Islam were prominent. Around a dozen parliamentarians from PML-Q including Aamer Sultan Cheema, Dr Samia Amjad, Majida Zaidi, Humaira Awais Shahid and Amna Ulfat represented their party in the PPP show. The Opposition members of Punjab Assembly remained there for half an hour and kept chanting slogans against the Punjab chief minister. They chanted in chorus: Rabba sadi aik dua-Khadim-e-Aala maghroon lah, Dengue Wazir-e-Aala na manzoor, topi drama Wazir-e-Aala na manzoor, Dengue/dakoo raaj namanzoor, Masoom logon ka qatil Shahbaz Sharif. Later, talking to the media, Raja Riaz said that there was virtually dengue and dakoo raaj in Punjab under the present chief minister. He said government had failed to protect life and property of the people. Raja said had the fumigation been conducted at an appropriate time, there would have been no dengue epidemic at the moment. He asked President PML-N Nawaz Sharif to replace his brother with some able party man as chief minister of Punjab. He said PPP would continue to protest against wrong policies of the present chief minister who kept several portfolios with him including that of health. Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shaukat Basra said that spurious insecticide purchased by the government had also added to the present precarious situation regarding spread of dengue virus.