PPP president Manpreet Badal on Friday ridiculed SAD's chintan shivir in Goa, saying the party were going on an excursion rather than deliberating on issues afflicting the state.
He was addressing a gathering of party workers of Faridkot district at Kotkapura to announce the party's next course of action.
Manpreet said, “The SAD leadership have chosen Goa for excursion rather than discussing the issues concerning Punjab, in their chintan shivir. We will also hold the shivir on the issues concerning the state and their solutions, at Desh Bhagat Yadgaari Hall in Jalandhar on April 15 and 16. Besides our partymen, we have invited representatives from all walks of life, such as farming, industry, lawyers, CAs and educationists. Our presentation of solutions would be better and more suitable than that of SAD's.”
Admitting that the structure of the PPP was still incomplete and the membership drive defective, Manpreet asked his office-bearers to complete the membership drive by charging Rs 100 instead of Re 1; the family would be given only one membership. The drive would be completed in two months, he said.
“We are also going to complete the general council structure of the party because about 30% of the ealier members of the council have changed their stance. It will be completed within 10 days,” he said.
Speaking on the deteriorating fiscal health of the state, Manpreet said, “Punjab has about Rs 15,000 crore revenue from tax collection while it has to pay Rs 17,000 crore loan on borrowings alone. Salaries were delayed last month due to it.”
Commenting on the functioning of the government, he said, “Akali workers and office-bearers who are not even primary pass, dictate the terms to police officers sitting in police stations on whom to arrest/pick up and under what sections.”
Manpreet alleged, “A milk plant in Moga is winding up its business reportedly due to the harassment at the hands of the government machinery.”
He said, “There must be a change. Unfortunately, we have a dearth of honest leaders in the country. We want an effective system. Rules should be there so that the leaders may also be tried under them. No country is good or bad, it is the implementation of rules and an effective system.”
He said, “Action is needed for any political party to keep itself going and save itself from rotting, so we are continuting our efforts to bring the change.”