Lashing out at chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal has alleged that the former is "misusing" police officers for "intimidating" the PPP workers across the state. He has also warned police officials who were allegedly asking the PPP workers and recently-elected sarpanches and panches as party-backed candidates to join the Shiromani Akali Dal.
The PPP has announced that the party would move the Punjab and Haryana high court against the alleged police torture of its workers. "Our 320 sarpanches and 1,248 panches had won in Punjab. However, police officers are threatening them to join the ruling SAD. We would also take this matter to the court," he added.
Addressing a workers' meeting at Moga on Friday, the PPP chief alleged that the Shiromani Aklai Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party are dishonest political parties. "The leaders of these parties are fully responsible for looting Punjab and defaming the rich Punjabi culture world-over," he said.
Manpreet claimed that CM Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal are playing a double role over the sensitive issue of Sikh farmers who were facing a big problem in Gujarat nowadays. "Actually, it is a national issue and the ball in the court of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. He can solve the problem without any delay and without involving any legal process," said Manpreet.
The PPP chief said in1965, Sikh farmers were brought to Kutch in Gujarat at the international border with Pakistan by the then union government and national leaders had welcomed them, but as now after their hard work they settled their farming and other businesses in Kutch, the BJP government led by Modi is trying to push them out. "It is the test of Modi that if he is the candidate of the post of prime minister, he should leave behind local interests of Gujarat and think about people of different states."
Later, during a press conference, answering the question that CM Badal says that Manpreet is playing into the hands of Sonia Gandhi for getting ticket of Lok Sabha from Bathinda constituency and Manpreet has also finished his political career, the PPP chief said who told the CM him that he met Sonia Gandhi for ticket. "Politics is not career, but a mission for me. I will serve my people till my last breath. No doubt, Badal family has made career through politics but the career of youth, farmers, labourers, small traders, students and poor sections of Punjab has been lost due to lack of good policies," said Manpreet.
"The party was launched with an ideology and we have tried to stick to that and hopefully, we would succeed in touching the consciousness of people in the coming days," Manpreet said, adding the PPP is a party of people and not of leaders.