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Old 17-Apr-2011
Hanspal should resign on moral grounds: Manpreet

Anandpur Sahib April 17:

Chief of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) Manpreet Singh Badal said since former chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) HS Hanspal had allegedly bribed the prime witness in the 1984 riots case for delivering a false statement in the court, he should resign on moral grounds.

Manpreet said Hanspal, also a member of the minority commission, was nominated to safeguard the interests of the minorities and not for deceiving them. He condemned the Congress for categorising martyrs in various castes and creeds. “Martyrs belong to the nation and society as a whole. One caste or creed cannot feel proud of them or their valuable contribution towards the country,” he said.

Talking about the recruitment drive for his party, Manpreet said the drive had started and members would join the party in April and May. “In June, we will announce the executive body of our party. Besides this, we will have executive bodies of the farmers’ wing, advocates’ wing, youth wing, women wing, ex-servicemen wing and others. Every section of society will find representation in the party,” he said.

He said the recent report of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), pointing towards the bad economic health of Punjab, was correct. He said honest and dedicated politicians were needed to pull the state out of the current economic crisis. He denied contesting elections of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee saying he was not a religious leader. “The need is to fight keeping religion and politics separate. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee only ensures improvement in the management of gurdwaras,” he said.

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