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Manpreet wants Anna to clear stand on state issues

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, April 04, 2013
First Published: 20:46 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(4/4/2013)

Anna Hazare might have remained silent on the issues in the state politics but People's party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal expects the social activist to take a side. "I am fan of Anna Hazare. I have soft corner for his movement but I feel that if Anna has come to Punjab, he must tell people who is looting their money. Without playing a political role, Anna's movement will not reach its finality," the PPP chief told mediapersons after the general council meeting of the party at Bathinda on Thursday.

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During a press conference at Bathinda on Wednesday, Anna Hazare had said people of Punjab should themselves stand for the local issues and he will focus on the national cause.

"We all know that the PPP was the first to raise the issue of corruption. Then Anna and his movement came, which had many similarities with the agenda already declared by the PPP. Only difference was that they concentrated only on the corruption issue, while we had to look after the socio-economic dimensions also," Manpreet said.

When it was pointed out that Sukhbir had also made a similar claim that the Shiromani Akali Dal and Anna had the same agenda on corruption, Manpreet said, "A thief and a protector cannot be on same page. So, it is must for Anna to give a clear message to people."

He announced that his party and the Sanjha Morcha will hold a two-day session at Jalandhar on April 14 and 15. Dismissing SAD's three-day session at Goa as a mere drama, Manpreet said, "Our session will be constructive. The PPP will hold its session on April 15, while all constituents of the Morcha will hold a session on April 16 in Jalandhar."

"We will take up political analysis during the session and discuss the future policy. We will see what SAD brings out from the Goa session," Manpreet said.

The PPP chief urged director general of police Sumedh Saini to stand up for his force and raise its morale, which is going down due attacks on police personnel every other day. In a lighter vein, Manpreet said, "Saini should tell if he had take the oath in the name of the constitution or Sukhbir Singh Badal."

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