MC polls: No 'kite-flying', PPP to play hockey

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 21:31 IST

The People's Party of Punjab (PPP) has been denied the 'kite' symbol for the ensuing civic polls in the state.

The Punjab state election commission on Monday allotted the 'hockey and ball' symbol to the PPP. The party had chosen the symbol out of the options available, which did not include the 'kite', PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal confirmed here.

The PPP contested the 2012 Punjab assembly elections on the 'kite' symbol but drew a blank. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Manpreet had contested unsuccessfully on the Congress symbol with the support of Left parties.

Manpreet regretted that the state election commission didn't accept the party's request for the 'kite'. "People of the state identify our party with the 'kite'," he said.

Ever since its inception in 2011, the PPP's vote share in Punjab has so far not touched the 7% vote share for its recognition as a registered party with the election commission of India. The party's vote share in the 2012 assembly polls remained 5.3%, while Manpreet was the only party candidate to contest the last year's Lok Sabha elections and that too on the Congress symbol.

"Kite or hand" had been the riddle for the PPP founder leader during the parliamentary elections that he finally contested on the Congress symbol wityhteh support of ther left parties as well.

'Parleys on with Congress'

Manpreet said the PPP would contest from 12 of the total 50 wards of the Hoshiarpur municipal corporation this time with no seat adjustment for that corporation, while the talks were on "at the local level in all other 5 corporations and 123 municipal bodies.

He stated that the PPP local leaders have been asked not to confront the Congress leadership for candidatures in their wards.

"I had a talk with PPCC chief Partap Bajwa yesterday also and we hope that the seat adjustment between the two parties would not be a major problem," he added.

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