Not joining any party: Manpreet
People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal today ruled out the possibility of his joining the Congress or other political group after his fledgling outfit failed to get any seat in the recent assembly elections.punjab Updated: Apr 07, 2012 19:56 IST
People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday ruled out the possibility of his joining the Congress or other political group after his fledgling outfit failed to get any seat in the recent assembly elections.
"I will not join any other party at this stage. Joining any other party would mean I was selling the state," he remarked.
"The masses of Punjab have faith in the PPP. In just a year after formation, we have bagged nearly 5% of the vote share. Hopping to any other party will be cheating them and selling Punjab into the hands of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress."
Manpreet was in the city to address district workers of his party. "What will I gain from joining any other party," he asked. "Only minister-ship or any other good post! For that, I will not even prefer to shake hands with them."
The PPP leader attributed the Akali victory to widespread buying of votes. "It was an election hijacked by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal," he said. "Sukhbir spent Rs 10,000 crore to buy power."
The new PPP target is to double the voting percentage in the Lok Sabha (parliament) elections of 2014.