The president of the Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) Manpreet Singh Badal,on Sunday,announced that he will file a re-appeal with the state election commission (SEC) for a common election symbol for the upcoming municipal council and corporation elections.
Manpreet,who was in the city on Sunday,said: The SEC had rejected our plea to allot an election symbol citing that the party had less than 6 per cent of vote share in the Vidhan Sabha elections and hence cannot be recognised as a political party. However a recent ruling by the Supreme Court states that a party that has 5 per cent of vote share has to be recognised as a political party and given a symbol. So armed with this ruling will re-appeal to the SEC.
PPP managed 5.17 per cent vote share in the Vidhan Sabha elections.
Dismissing any malafide intention on part of the state government regarding the SEC decision,Manpreet said: I just hope that the SEC has a strong and constitutional reason to refuse us recognition. We are also considering approaching the Central election Commission for redressal.
Manpreet was in the city to inaugurate his partys office and announced Manish Gupta as the president of PPP (Urban) and Jagdish Singh as president PPP (Rural). Weak organisational structure was one of the reasons behind our poor show in the Vidhan Sabha. In the last two months we have set up offices and office bearers at district level. Ludhiana did not have an office so we set up one today.
For the MC elections,Manpreet announced he will set up his headquarters in Jalandhar.