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People will repent returning SAD-BJP to power: Manpreet

People's Party of Punjab leader Manpreet Singh Badal today said that he was disappointed with the assembly elections results and asserted that the people would repent their decision to bring SAD-BJP government back to power.

punjab Updated: Apr 16, 2012 22:03 IST
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People's Party of Punjab leader Manpreet Singh Badal

People's Party of Punjab leader Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday said that he was disappointed with the assembly elections results and asserted that the people would repent their decision to bring SAD-BJP government back to power.


"I am disappointed at the election verdict in Punjab. People have voted for a rule that will increase their problems. They will repent," he said at the first meeting of PPP district unit since declaration of poll results, at Kothe Ramsar village, 8 km from Kotkapura.

"I am not going to join any party for any political gains, said Manpreet. "Already, I have given up the post of finance minister."

Speaking of his party's performance, he rated it "satisfactory". "The 5% mandate even before the party's first anniversary is a good sign," he said. "It's tough to build a political party; but now it's on to the next goal."

"Our vote share was even higher than that of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)," Manpreet told workers. "If we increase our vote share to 8%, we can win 17 to 18 seats."

The PPP will participate in all the coming elections of the municipal corporation and parliament. It hopes to win the 2017 state elections. "We have a thought, and some agenda," said Manpreet. "We could not turn it into public support because the party was short of basic structure and money."

Within a week, Manpreet plant to name 22 district presidents of the PPP and pick 2 workers from each booth to form the district, general, and central councils. "I have covered 20 districts and only two are left," he said. "I want to delegate responsibilities."

Manpreet's party will create its media and policy wings to reach the masses. Speaking of the financial health of Punjab, he said the state's rank had slipped to 8, and in five years, it would be 16. "States such as Delhi, Haryana and Goa are at first, second and third," he said. "The entire income and revenue of the Punjab government is insufficient to pay the salaries of employees."