PPP hints at alliance with Congress
After the "experimental" tie-up with the Congress in the just-concluded Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) elections that was a "success", People's Party of Punjab (PPP) might opt for an electoral alliance with the main opposition party in Punjab for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2013 21:40 IST
After the "experimental" tie-up with the Congress in the just-concluded Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) elections that was a "success", People's Party of Punjab (PPP) might opt for an electoral alliance with the main opposition party in Punjab for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
An indication to this effect was given here late Saturday evening by PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal while talking to the media on the sidelines of his party's first 'Sampark Rally' in the city.
"It was an experimental tie-up in the PRI polls and I must say it was a success. However, we have not yet decided on an alliance with the Congress as yet as there is still time for the Lok Sabha election. It can be thought of at the appropriate time," he said.
Manpreet however chose to make it clear that he had formed the PPP with certain goals and ideology in mind. "I intend to stick to this path and carry it forward to the people. As of now, my aim is to strengthen the party set-up," he added while also ruling out his joining the Congress.
The PPP has planned 300 such rallies throughout the state and a beginning was made from the holy city. These rallies aim to make the people aware of the policies and programmes of the PPP and the problems of Punjab, including alleged poor governance of the SAD-BJP alliance.
"The people have now started believing in the ideology and programmes of the PPP. In the coming few months you will see a change," he claimed.
Later, addressing the rally, Manpreet said that even after 66 years of Independence, unemployment, poverty and hunger continued to be major issues. Now after having failed to eradicate poverty and hunger, the government was bringing forth the Food Security Bill, he added while pointing out that this law showed the helplessness of the successive governments in coming to terms with hunger and poverty.
"Such governments have no right to remain in power and should quit," he added.
Taking a dig at the state government, he said that rather than concentrating on key issues like development, education and health, the government was purchasing helicopters and luxury vehicles for ministers and VIPs. This was nothing but gross misuse of public money, he added.
A number of other PPP leaders also spoke on the occasion. These included district president Manmohan Singh Gumtala.