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Differences ironed out, Sandhu, Thapar stand by Manpreet

Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, November 10, 2012
First Published: 21:00 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 21:02 IST(10/11/2012)

Finally, People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal got success in wooing back party leaders Abhay Singh Sandhu and Bharat Bhushan Thapar, who were giving signals of rebellion for some time, as both the leaders on Saturday expressed full solidarity with the PPP chief.

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Manpreet met Sandhu twice in the last couple of days to iron out the differences. After former PPP leader Arunjot Sodhi accused Manpreet of embezzlement and claimed support of Sandhu and Thapar, Manpreet roped in some senior party leaders, including party's Jalandhar chief Dr Navjot Dahiya, to have parlays with the two leaders.

Sandhu, nephew of martyr Bhagat Singh, while talking to Hindustan Times admitted that there was some ideological difference of opinions, especially on having political alliance with Congress, which was against the spirit of founded principles of the party, but after talks with Manpreet, everything stood sorted out.

On Arunjot Sodhi's claims, Sandhu said, "We never wanted to associate ourselves with Sodhi and even persuaded him to sort out the differences with the party chief through talks. But he dragged our names in the controversy".

Founder members of the party, Sandhu and Thapar, on Saturday reiterated their full support to the party chief and stated that there are now no differences of any kind. 

"We are proud of the ideological foundations of the PPP," the two leaders said in a statement.

Both leaders said there was no question of having any second thoughts on the party leadership. "How can we doubt our own selves and our own party," they remarked.

"We have met Manpreet and all of us want to together reiterate that the movement that we launched from Khatkar Kalan will never be diluted, and there is absolutely no chance of PPP dithering from its nationalist, progressive, secular and people oriented program and agenda" they added.

They said that PPP was also not looking for any shortcuts to achieve political gains and would not compromise with its principles and keep a safe distance from parties such as the SAD, BJP and Congress.

They also announced the formation of a disciplinary committee and an ethics committee (formed by the party president) to look into acts of indiscipline within the party. The members nominated to these committees are Kuldeep Singh Dhose, Amardeep Singh Brar and  Rajinder Singh Johal.

The ethics committee will have Bharat Bhushan Thapar, Sukhdeep Singh Bhinder and  Sukhdev Singh Chahal as members.

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