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Jun 06, 2013
Chief Minister was elected through division of votes in the provincial legislature.
LAHORE (Dunya News) – Mian Shahbaz Sharif has won the slot of Punjab Chief Minister for a record third time as his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz enjoyed majority in the Punjab Assembly.
Shahbaz Sharif secured 300 votes whereas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf candidate Mian Mehmoodur Rashid bagged 34 votes only. The results were announced by Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mohammad Iqbal.
The PPPP and Jamaat-e-Islami did not field their candidate for the election. A total strength of the Punjab Assembly members is 371 of which 358 were notified.
Later‚ addressing the House‚ Shahbaz Sharif vowed to end electricity load shedding and steer the province out of the darkness.
He said he will never hurt the confidence of the people and work hard to for the progress and prosperity of the masses.
He said the circular debt amounting of 500 billion rupees can be overcome by checking the electricity theft of 207 billion rupees annually.
The chief minister-elect said the load shedding has destroyed the agricultural as well as industrial sectors.
He said this has also affected our exports and foreign exchange reserves have dwindled to 5 to 6 billion dollars‚ which is an alarming situation. Therefore‚ all the resources will have to be utilized to end the menace on war footing.
Shahbaz Sharif assured that his government will explore all possible sources including coal to generate electricity and will also complete the pending power projects including Nandipur and Chichu Ki Malyan on priority basis.
He said his government will give solar powered tube wells to the small farmers to increase the agriculture yield. He vowed to end the “Thana and Patwari” culture in Punjab by 2014.
He said new educational institutes will be established to promote quality education in the province. He said providing education to every child is the mission of his government.
He thanked the members for reposing confidence in him and said he will take the House as well as the opposition along on all matters of national importance.
Shahbaz Sharif would take the oath of his office at the Governor House where newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would also attend the ceremony.