With party leaders deserting People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal with each passing day, party's NRI wing chief Amanpreet Singh Chhina has come to his defence and rubbished the allegations of misappropriation of funds hurled at his party president.
In a statement e-mailed to HT from Oxford, UK, Chhina said all allegations made against Manpreet by a group of party members were baseless, primarily aiming at achieving their personal goals.
"Being president of the NRI wing of the PPP, I confirm that whatever money was donated by Indian citizens residing abroad (NRIs) to the PPP was directly deposited into the PPP bank accounts by the donators themselves and the party head office had issued receipts against all collections/donations," he said in the statement on Thursday.
Chhina pointed out that since December 2010, he had been working with Manpreet and had been highly inspired with his ideology and vision towards Punjab. He said he was glad that he was associated with the PPP for a good cause and days were not far when the truth would come out.
"People will soon realise that all these things are planned by the government to damage the goodwill of the party," he said without referring to the accusations levelled by Arunjot Singh Sodhi, a founder member of the PPP.
Sodhi had accused Manpreet of pocketing at least Rs 3 crore collected as party fund in foreign countries before the January 30 assembly polls in Punjab.
Chhina appealed to all PPP workers and members to extend complete support to Manpreet so that he could carry on his fight against bad governance and corruption to achieve the party's objective of making Punjab a growth-oriented state.