Though People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal often draw parallels between the policies and agenda of the PPP and Aam Adami Party (AAP), the list of 'corrupt politicians' released by Arvind Kejriwal, it seems, has put him in a fix.
Manpreet, who expressed the hope that the opposition parties in Punjab may join hands ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, preferred not to own Kejriwal's list of 'corrupt politicians', which includes the names of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
When HT asked Manpreet if he endorsed the list released by Kejriwal, he said, "It is not in my capacity to comment if Rahul or Modi is corrupt. I have been running a regional party and have concerns related to my state."
"I do not have any proof against Modi or Rahul. Kejriwal may have the proofs but not me. I can only guarantee that I am not corrupt." Earlier, he said Kejriwal's rise is a fortunate thing to happen to the Indian politics.
The PPP has also been working on similar lines to expose those who are behind the drug menace in Punjab.
"I have told my party workers to visit the families affected by drug menace and try to find out that how drugs reach people and how it could be stopped. We will submit the report to people of Punjab on March 1," Manpreet said. He also addressed party workers in this regard on Monday.
Manpreet also denied a possibility of an alliance between the AAP and PPP. "The AAP does not have an agenda for Punjab. They are still an evolving party. It is their policy not to have an alliance with any party in states and that is the reason why the AAP and PPP could not form an alliance."
When asked to comment on the rejection of the PIL, demanding a CBI probe into the drug haul case, which was filed by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, Manpreet said, "The decision to reject the PIL on drug haul case was wrong. It seems court was not properly informed about the ground realities. Had it been fully informed, the court must have taken action."
He added that there was no truth in rumours of the Sanjha Morcha having an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal.