CM can visit my house to meet father,we will not reciprocate the gesture,says Manpreet

People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Badal on Thursday claimed that he will not reciprocate the recent friendly gestures made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal towards his brother Gurdas Badal Manpreet’s father.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published:June 8, 2012 3:53 am

People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Badal on Thursday claimed that he will not reciprocate the recent friendly gestures made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal towards his brother Gurdas Badal — Manpreet’s father.

“I feel embarrassed at times. Why does he (Parkash Singh Badal) meet my father? I even took up the matter with my party. My partymen are of the view that the brothers had been together for 84 years and it will be a sin if I stop them from meeting,” Manpreet told mediapersons,when asked if a patch up was on cards and if he was ready to return to SAD. “I request you to never ask me this question again,” he added.

Asked about the chief minister’s recent visit to his house,Manpreet said: “Punjabis even offer tea even to a dacoit,and he is the CM of Punjab. But I promise you that we will neither go to their house nor meet them.”

Claiming that rumours were being floated regarding him joining either the

Congress or the SAD,the PPP chief said: “Why will I join any of these parties?

For becoming a minister,a post from which I had resigned? For becoming an MLA,another post from which I had resigned? Or for becoming a MP,which I used to be? If I join any of these parties,I will not be able to sleep. I will never like that to happen.”

‘PPP to play major role in 2017 polls’

While holding meets in the run up to civic polls,PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal said he was in Amritsar to present his party’s viewpoint regarding the polls. “As many as 12 PPP candidates are in fray from various wards in Amritsar and Sanjha Morcha was contesting on 15 seats. In the 2017 Assembly polls,PPP is set to play an important role,” said Manpreet. Lamenting that Punjab was in the hands of “power hungry people”,he claimed that Haryana,despite being a smaller state than Punjab,was much better placed with an annual plan of Rs 26,000 crores while for Punjab,the figure was Rs 14,000 crore.

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