LAHORE - Though President Zardari has not suspended the Punjab Assembly (PA) while imposing Governor Rule in the province under article 234 of the Constitution, the assembly has become powerless because it could neither elect the leader of the house nor make legislation. The constitutional experts say that under section (2A) of article 130 of the Constitution states "The Governor shall invite the member of the Provincial Assembly to be the Chief Minister who commands the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly, as ascertained in session of the Assembly summoned for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution". They say under this provision, the Governor is exclusively empowered to convene a special session wherein only the election of the chief minister would be taken place. The legal experts supporting the authority of the Governor to convene the assembly session are quoting Rule 17 of the Rules of Procedure of PA. The Rule 17 of Rules of Procedure with the heading (Ascertainment to be without debate) states that "After the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker following a general election or whenever office of the Chief Minister falls vacant for any reason, the assembly shall not transact any business unless it has been ascertained which one of the members commands the confidence of majority of the members." The Clause (2) of the Rule 17 states, "In the special session summoned for the purpose of Clause (2A) of Article 130 of the Constitution, the Assembly, to the exclusion of any other business and without debate shall proceed" The legal experts are recognizing the authority of the Governor under Article 109 of the Constitution stated that "The Governor may from time to time, (a) summon the Provincial Assembly Session to meet such as time and place as he thinks fit and (b) prorogue the Provincial Assembly". The experts are of the opinion that under Rule (17) of Rules of Procedure and the Articles 130 (2A) and Article 109 of the Constitution, the provincial assembly after the dissolution of the cabinet and the chief minister office cannot hold any business other than electing new chief minister in a special session only convened by the Governor. Therefore, the convening of provincial assembly session by the Speaker on the requisition of parliamentarians has sparked controversy among legal wizards who are giving divergent opinions regarding the legality of this session. Speaker Rana Iqbal summoned the assembly on Wednesday night which caused annoyance in the Governor House as they termed against the Constitution and Rules of Business of PA. The legal experts supporting the authority of Speaker PA to convene session of the House are quoting Article 54 Clause (3) of the Constitution which states "On a requisition signed by not less than one-fourth of the total membership of the National Assembly, the Speaker shall summon the NA to meet, at such time and place as he thinks fit, within 14 days of the receipt of the requisition, and when the Speaker has summoned the Assembly only he may prorogue it". The experts are of the opinion if we read Article 54 with Article 127 (Provisions relating to NA, to apply to Provincial Assembly) of the Constitution it becomes clear that the Speaker can summon the session in accordance with the requisition submitted by the one-fourth parliamentarians. They further pleaded that the Rules of Procedure of PA cannot override the Constitution which empowered the Speaker to convene the session.