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Manpreet calls for united opposition

Rajeev Bhaskar , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, September 29, 2013
First Published: 00:14 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:15 IST(29/9/2013)

With a view to posing a united challenge to the SAD-BJP alliance in the state, People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Badal on Saturday advocated the need for all opposition parties in the state to come on a single platform before the forthcoming parliamentary election.

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"I have spoken to state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on the issue of a united opposition in which seat adjustment can be done in such a way that all opposition parties, including the Congress, PPP, CPI, CPM and BSP, could benefit," he told HT.

In the current political scenario, the SAD-BJP with just 40% of vote share was ruling the state, and the opposition parties, which attained 60% of the mandate were not united, he added.

"We had experimented with the joint opposition in the zila parishad and block samiti polls and the results were amazing, as the united opposition won several seats in spite of the misuse of government machinery by the ruling alliance," he claimed.

On the possibility of his contesting the election from the Bathinda parliamentary seat against SAD's Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Manpreet said, "We are going to contest all 13 seats and it will be up to the Sanjha Morcha and the proposed alliance partners as to who contests from where. I have already offered a political alliance of all opposition parties to the Congress and now it is up to the latter to respond."

Welcoming Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's statement on the recent ordinance, Manpreet said Rahul must have assessed the public's mood.

Regarding the apex court giving voters the right to reject, Manpreet said the issue was on the agenda of the PPP right from its inception. "It seems the agenda of the PPP on issues like alleged criminalisation of politics and poll reforms was being endorsed by the Supreme Court," he said.


Manpreet visits scribe's house

Manpreet Badal, along with party leaders Gurpreet Singh Bhatti and Navjot Dahiya, visited the house of HT journalist Jasdeep Malhotra, who died in a road accident recently, and expressed condolence.

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