LAHORE - Hullabaloo is expected in the Punjab Assembly session, as the Opposition is planning to create uproar over the issues of law and order, price-hike and matters related to the local government elections.

Led by the PTI, the Opposition parties held an informal meeting on November 25 to ponder upon the issues which would be taken up jointly by the PTI, PML-Q, PPP and JI in the upcoming assembly session on Friday (tomorrow). However, the Opposition is likely to hold a formal meeting today to chalk out a final strategy in this regard.  The Opposition is also likely to take up the issue of development funds the PML-N government has allocated to its MNAs and MPAs, believing that the funds are being used to influence or win loyalties of rival groups during the upcoming local government elections.  Leading opposition members, when contacted, said, “Yes we’ll go for a joint power play in the upcoming session over the price-hike and law and order issues.

However, we’ll decide joint stand on other issues during a meeting of the opposition parties expected on Thursday (today).”

They said the Punjab Local Government Act still needs debate despite the court orders to make certain amendments, and the opposition parties could take up the issue in the session as well. The matter of delimitations would also be among the agenda, they said adding they would divide the issues among them to be taken up in the session. They claimed that they would not let the provincial government escape from speaking truth about the governance in Punjab.

Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said they would be seen as a single joint force in the assembly session to be held tomorrow, whether it was the issues of law and order or price-hike. He added the opposition parties could meet at anytime before the session to devise strategy for a joint power play in the session.

He said though the energy management issue falls in the ambit of the federal government but the opposition would take up the matter in the Punjab assembly, as the provincial rulers are looking after the federal setup more than the Punjab affairs. Mehmood claimed that their protest over the issues would become a whitepaper on the poor performance of provincial rulers.

However, a ruling party member, when contacted, said that they are ready to counter the Opposition’s challenge in the assembly session. He said it seems that time has come to expose those members who are in the Opposition but enjoying the provincial government’s assistance for their personal benefits.