The joint candidate of the Congress and the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) Manpreet Singh Badal has said that he could contest the Lok Sabha poll on the Congress symbol to "destroy the kingdom of the Badal family".
Facing technical glitches over his party's symbol- kite, and pressure from Congress workers' to contest polls on Congress symbol, Manpreet said that the nation was above the party for him. He, however, maintained that his first preference would be his own party's symbol.
HT was the first to report, on Saturday, about the dilemma Manpreet was facing on the poll symbol.
"We are going to win this election with a big margin. If contested on 'kite', it will naturally be advantageous for us as we would then have the kite as a permanent symbol. But the flip-side is once the nomination is accepted and we are allotted the symbol, we would have only 18 days to publicise it," said Manpreet.
When reminded that Badals will have another issue in their hands to attack him if he contested on the Congress symbol, he said, "Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal became an MLA on the Congress symbol and remained on the post for five years during his first term. What is wrong with the Congress? Congress is a party that has given right to vote to all the people. If Badal is chief minister today, it is due to the Congress."