Bharat Bhushan Thapar and Arunjot Sodhi, expelled members of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP), on Wednesday announced a convention against PPP chief Manpreet Badal at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr district on December 16.
"Lakhs of people who had converged at the place during the PPP's formation (March 2011) were those who envisaged the same happy and prosperous Punjab as had ours martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland during the freedom struggle," Thapar said in a statement.
He added, "The people who had gathered at Khatkar Kalan were those who were fed up with the present political system and eager to change it, but sadly the PPP failed to cash in on their feelings, due to which the party is in decline."
Claiming the support of a large group within the PPP, Bhushan, nephew of Shaheed Sukhdev, said he agreed with Sodhi's demand for summoning a general meeting of the PPP as it was essential to seek inputs from all founder members of the party to formulate any future strategy.
Thapar also gave a call to all leaders who had left the PPP to arrange a meeting and discuss their views in the interests of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat.