Ex-fm hails left parties’ response


Staff member
Jalandhar April 2:

President of the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) Manpreet Singh Badal said that he and his associates were glad over the manner in which certain Left parties in the state had shown interest in the activities of his party. “The way the leadership of the CPI and the CPM have reacted to the formation of the PPP and its political philosophy, it has made us happy,” said Manpreet, who launched the membership drive of his party today.

Responding to a question whether his party will enter into a tie-up with the Left parties to contest the Assembly elections jointly, Manpreet said he was not in a position to make any statement or commitment in this regard at this moment. “I will not take any decision unilaterally,such as entering into an electoral tie-up with any political organisation,” he said.

“The party membership drive will be completed in 60 days. After it, the organisational set-up will be in place in 30 days. Following that, the party will hold regular meetings to decide on issues such as political matters related to Assembly elections, electoral tie-ups and other issues,” he said. The party has fixed a target to enrol 20 lakh members in the first phase. “There is no restriction on numbers as far as enrolment is concerned. But to enrol 20 lakh members in 60 days will be a huge task,” said a close associate of Manpreet.