Sometimes blamed for his one-man show in running the People's Party of Punjab (PPP), Manpreet Singh Badal has said that the best person to challenge Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be the Sanjha Morcha candidate against Bathinda's member of parliament in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"We'll field the best possible candidate from the Sanjha Morcha," Manpreet stated here on Wednesday, "and if I have the best chance from Bathinda, I will take her on," said Manpreet.
The estranged nephew of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was in Bathinda to stage a two-hour protest near the district complex against new taxes; value-added tax on essential commodities; a hike in power tariff; and two-year enhancement in the retirement age.
PPP leader Bhagwant Mann, Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, and CPI leader Surjit Singh Sohi also addressed the gathering.
"I foresee financial emergency being imposed in Punjab in December," said Manpreet. "The employees and teachers have gone three months without wages." In an oblique reference to the ruling family's transport business, Manpreet said: "How did a small private company grow from five to 300 buses in a short span."
On the possibility of Punjab being power surplus in two years, Manpreet said Powercom couldn't even pay salaries. "Punjab even has surplus wheat, but it doesn't reach the poor."