The merger of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) into the Congress will not only give a fresh start to the political career of Manpreet Badal, it will also put an end to the isolation of leader’s supporters who stood by him all this while.
Feeling isolated, PPP office-bearers and workers across the state had held several meetings, showing concern over limited activities of the party on the political arena after the Lok Sabha elections.
The office-bearers have welcomed Manpreet’s move, claiming that the former Punjab finance minister had consulted all the district presidents and senior leaders before making the move.
The PPP had held the last political rally during the Maghi Mela in 2015 and the party was more or less dormant ever since. The party had failed to raise voice on important issues concerning the state.
Harwinder Singh Laddi, who was PPP’s senior vice-president, said, “It is a historic step to boost the morale of the grassroots workers, who were associated with the party since its inception.”
“PPP workers and leaders were committed and sided with the party even during the hardest of times. The decision has been taken after taking every office-bearer and district president into the loop,” Singh said, who had accompanied Manpreet Badal to Delhi on Friday where the merger was announced officially.
He said even the workers wanted something new to charge them up. “The Congress was the most suitable option for PPP as the two parties already had an election coalition during the 2014 parliamentary elections. We are receiving continuous phone calls from the people from across the state and overseas, appreciating our move of merging PPP into the Congress,” Singh said.
Bathinda district president of PPP, Hardev Singh Bahoyatri, said they hailed Manpreet’s decision.
“Scores of people had joined the PPP at the time of its inception, some left thereafter and those who are with the party even today are the committed ones. We stand by Manpreet and other senior leaders,” he said.
The PPP had an alliance with the Congress during the Lok Sabha elections last year, in which Manpreet Badal had given a tough fight to now Union minister for food processing industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who won by only 19,395 votes.