Amid chaos, PA echoes with demand for trust vote.

LAHORE -- A day before the Lahore High Court (LHC) begins proceedings that may determine whether Chaudhry Parvez Elahi remains Punjab chief minister or not, the opposition in the provincial assembly challenged him to prove his majority in the house, amid chaotic scenes.

The action-packed day of political wranglings which started with rumpus in the house culminated with a shoe hurled at the car of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.

As Tuesday's session began three hours after its scheduled time, the opposition demanded Chief Minister Elahi to take a vote of trust as per the Dec 19 directive of the governor.

However, Mr Elahi evaded the vote for the second consecutive day.

Irked by the government's reaction, the opposition members tore up copies of the agenda and thumped their desks while chanting slogans of 'Parvez Elahi dakoo.'

Speaking in the house, PML-N MPA Rana Mashhood lambasted the treasury for accusing the opposition of not taking part in the legislation on Monday when the house passed 21 bills.

He claimed the speaker did not complete the formation of standing committees tasked with vetting draft legislations while the copies of draft bills were also not circulated among the lawmakers in violation of rules.

'I sought the floor four times during Monday's proceedings to demand that the chair conduct voting on the bills but Speaker Sibtain Khan denied me the right,' he added.

Referring to the governor's directive, Mr Mashood said taking the trust vote was the constitutional responsibility of the chief minister.

The chief minister should take the vote at once to show he still enjoyed the support of the majority.

Later, the PML-N submitted a resolution with the assembly secretariat for appointment of a neutral member and not the speaker or deputy speaker to chair the proceedings of the vote of confidence.

PML-N members 'denied' entry

Earlier, PML-N lawmakers forced their way into the house, claiming that they were not allowed into the assembly building by the police at the behest of CM Elahi and Speaker Sibtain Khan.

The assembly's security staff tried to stop Interior Minister Rana Sanullah and PM's Special Assistant Attaullah Tarar from entering the building.

However, PML-N MPAs 'forcibly' opened the doors and took the two leaders inside.

The PTI protested against the presence of the federal cabinet members with a treasury member Zaheer Abbas Khokhar staging a walkout from the house.

As Mr Sanullah left the assembly after the...

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