Battle for Punjab hots up

As a prelude to formation of new Punjab government, the PTI and the PML-N have intensified efforts to increase their respective numbers in the Punjab Assembly where the independents have emerged as the third largest group holding the key to the making of new set up with 27 seats in hand.
The two parties are in contact with the independent members-elect to seek their support.
There are also reports that they are being offered lucrative ministries in return for this favour.
Though the PML-N has appeared as the single largest party with 129 seats out of total 297 general seats, it is closely followed by the PTI which claims to have won 123 seats, according to the unofficial results.