Congress leader and chief of party’s manifesto committee on finance Manpreet Singh Badal on Tuesday said he was fine with in the appointment of Asha Kumari as party’s state affairs in-charge.
Manpreet, who was in Ludhiana to interact with representatives of industry, said the party will contest the upcoming assembly elections under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh. “I am unaware of the facts of the case against Asha Kumari but I have no objection to her appointment. It is the clean image of Amarinder Singh that would give a thrust to the party in assembly polls,” said Manpreet Singh Badal. He said he was open to contesting from any constituency where high command would field him. I am a soldier of the party and would listen to the orders,” said Manpreet, adding that the Congress manifesto would be released by September or October.
During the first phase of interaction with the garment industry that has at least 12,000 units in Ludhiana, Manpreet Singh Badal along with former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Surinder Dawar sat with the industrialists at a city hotel.
Similar meetings are expected with bicycle and automobileparts makers. Industrialists pump in both money and manpower into the assembly and parliamentary election campaigns.
Darshan Dawar, president, Knitwear Club rued the lack of an exhibition ground in Ludhiana, “even as the city has thousands of industrial units”. Manpreet said his team would also discuss financial issues with former prime minister Manmohan Singh and economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia.