Joint candidate of PTI-led alliance Ch Pervez Elahi has been elected as Speaker of Punjab Assembly after securing 201 votes, Geo News reported Thursday.

His rival, PML-N’s Chaudhry Iqbal, obtained 147 votes. One vote was rejected.

According to Geo TV, 15 PML-N’s MPAs appear to have ditched their party’s candidate to vote for Pervaiz Elahi.

“I thank Imran Khan and the entire house for supporting my candidacy,” Elai said after his thumping victory

“I will take the entire house along and conduct the business of the house in a positive manner,” he said.

Responding to the protest of PML-N’s lawmakers, Elahi said that it was time to deliver in the province.

Later, PML-Q members distributed sweets in the assembly over Elahi’s victory .