People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Wednesday sought an apology from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur for allegedly stating that Manpreet had no place in the AAP.
Claiming in a statement here that he had no intention to join the AAP, Manpreet said, "We have our own party which is founded on the principles and doctrine whose focus is the common man. The PPP hit the political scene much before AAP. Chhotepur should know that it is the AAP which has copied PPP's agenda as far as the empowerment of the common man and end to the VIP culture is concerned."
Manpreet also stated that he had never approached any AAP leader in Punjab or Delhi for joining that party.
"The PPP will continue to charter its own course in the Punjab political stream as it is my party's agenda to focus on pro-people politics and bring about change in the quality of life of the people," he added.
'Bhagwant an opportunist'
In another statement here, PPP general secretary Yadwinder Singh Buttar dubbed AAP MP Bhagwant Mann as an opportunist for leaving the PPP and joining the AAP.
"Punjab is at the crossroads, but certain newly-emerged leaders such as Bhagwant Mann, who are befooling the people with high political ambitions, would soon fall to the ground," Buttar added.
He was also reacting to Mann's reported statement of ruling out any chance of Manpreet entering the AAP.
"Nobody from the PPP is interested in joining the AAP," he said.