"It is difficult to change the mindset of people and I am feeling sad thinking about my state after coming back from the US. There is a wide gap between the two countries and it seems that our state is going in reverse gear as compared to them," said Manpreet Singh Badal, president of the People's Party of Punjab and chairman of the Sanjha Morcha, at the residence of a worker in Wander Jatana village during an interaction with party workers on Monday.
Speaking about the results of the block samiti and the zila parishad elections, where the PPP made a seat adjustment with the Congress, Manpreet said, "The results have been encouraging where we had some seat adjustments with the Congress at the local level, but the course of action to be taken could be decided only when the parliamentary elections approach."
Replying to a query on possible alliance with the Congress, "Our seat adjustment with the Congress is on local basis."
"The decision on whom to support the panchayat members and sarpanch candidates in the panchayat elections would be taken at the local level by the local leaders of the party and those candidates would be supported who would prove beneficial for the People's Party also," Manpreet said.
Commenting on the elevation of Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, as the chairman of the BJP election campaign committee, Manpreet said, "Though we are in no capacity to comment on such an issue, but Modi is dividing the party and the people. We can see the views of LK Advani, a veteran leader of the party, in this regard, and the party seems to be divided on the issue. In India, those who divide the people do not have any place. Only secular parties win in India."
On completing the organisational structure of the party, which is yet to be completed, Manpreet said, "The completion of the organisational structure of a new party is a difficult process, but when the organisational structure is complete, the new party gets established. However, we are completing it and our membership drive is also going on," he added.
In reply to former Jaitu candidate of PPP Amarjeet Kaur, who switched over to SAD just before the zila parishad and block samiti elections, Manpreet said her joining SAD had not affected the voters.
He was accompanied by Jagjeet Singh, Honey Sekhon, Muktsar district president of the party and Bhupinder Singh and former Faridkot candidate of the PPP.