Sukhbir Badal meets party workers to counter Manpreet


Staff member
Faridkot November 23:

To counter the ‘Jago Punjab Yatra’, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal came to Faridkot two days ahead of Manpreet’s political schedule and held a meeting of his party workers to boost their confidence.

Although Sukhbir did not comment directly against Manpreet Badal while addressing the party workers, his presence was an indication that the party workers should try to reduce the political impact his cousin may make in the area.

He said his cousin was “misguided” by the Congress leadership during his official visits to New Delhi and now he was trying to misguide the public to pave the way for them to come in power. “We will continue to give subsidies and carry on pro-people policies as promised in our election manifesto,” he said.

Senior Akali leader Gurdev Singh Badal said Manpreet would ‘die politically’ without the party while Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon asked party workers to unite. Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhundar said the ‘Jago Punjab’ movement of Manpreet was nothing but an attempt to misguide people of the state.

The local MP, Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, political adviser to the Chief Minister, Daljit Singh Cheema, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sheetal Singh and many other leaders of the party were also present at the workers’ meeting. Sukhbir also held a secret meeting with senior leaders of the party, the details of which were not disclosed to the media.

However, it was learnt that they were asked to keep the spirits of the party workers high so that they did not get lured by the words of Manpreet. Sukhbir, who holds the charge of Home Ministry, also called the District Magistrates and SSPs of Faridkot, Moga and other nearby districts besides other officials to give them tips.