Keenly interested to fight on its own party symbol ‘kite’, Congress–PPP candidate Manpreet Singh Badal, who also believed that an election symbol did make any difference, seemed to have opted for the Congress symbol – hand – though yet not officially.
Alongside banner of Manpreet and senior Congress leaders put up outside the office of Manpreet Singh Badal here, now a banner carrying the symbol of Congress ‘hand’ has been added.
HT was the first to publish about the dilemma Manpreet was facing to opt the Congress symbol and thus carried no symbol in his poll posters and banners.
Unlike in 2012 assembly elections, Manpreet has so far not told the people about the symbol. He simply demands votes from voters without naming the Congress or its symbol.
It’s pertinent to note that PPP is not a recognised political party and does not own any permanent election symbol. However, such parties can request the election commission to reserve an election symbol for their candidates in advance.
Manpreet’s rival and his sister-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal and SAD candidate is now having another issue against Manpreet for contesting on the Congress symbol.
Manpreet had himself criticised the Congress during the 2012 state assembly elections and had claimed that the Cogress had a symbol – hand - that slaps the poor and kills the poor.
In a telephonic conversation, Manpreet Badal said, “My first preference is ‘kite’. The matter of symbol ‘kite’ is pending with the central committee. If we failed to get ‘kite’ then I would fight on any other symbol including ‘hand’ to destroy Badals; kingdom and bring to an end their regime.