Predicting a hung assembly in Punjab, People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal said on Saturday that the party cadre would be taken into confidence before a final decision to support any party or alliance for government formation.
“I feel neither the Congress nor the SAD-BJP are capable of doing anything good for the people,” said Manpreet, who was here to get post-poll feedback from party candidates and workers of the district.
“The PPP will surely play the role of kingmaker. While deciding on the support, we will keep in mind not only the interests of the PPP but also of the state,” he told Hindustan Times.
About his pre-poll stand that the PPP would prefer a re-poll rather than extending support to any party, Manpreet said his party would offer conditional support, and that too for the sake of Punjab’s welfare.
During his speech, Manpreet said the SAD-BJP government would not retain power. “The PPP will get a vote share of 15 to 18%. How many seats we will win is anybody’s guess,” he added.
He said no political party had got major gains in initial years, adding that the Congress was formed in 1885 but failed to win any seat till 1915. The Jan Sangh, formed in 1951, won only three seats in West Bengal in 1952, he averred.
Party candidates present on the occasion included Dr Navjot Dahiya, Baba Rajinder Singh Johal, Satpal, Raj Kumar Raju, Gurmeet Singh Nadala, Narinder Shergil, Kuldeep Cheema and Kamaljit Singh Kakra.