PPP gauges public pulse

After a complete wipe out in the Assembly elections earlier this year,the Manpreet Singh Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is now on a revival mode.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published:September 11, 2012 2:00 am

After a complete wipe out in the Assembly elections earlier this year,the Manpreet Singh Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is now on a revival mode.

Days after the state Congress invited it to take part in its protests against the ‘oppressive taxation’ regime of the SAD-BJP alliance in the state,PPP vice-president Bhagwant Mann held a whirlwind tour of villages in the Lehra Gaga.

Mann,a television actor who plunged into politics,said,“We are cautioning the general public to be aware. I went from village-to-village with the message of Jaagte Raho.”

While he attended a bhog ceremony and a cricket tournament at Dhinsda village,another reason being cited for his village tour is garnering support for the Sanjha Morcha’s September 21 rally against the punitive taxes. However,in a larger perspective,is is also aimed at gauging the mood of the masses ahead of the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Queried on PPP’s alleged move to ally with Congress even as its Sanjha Morcha partner is not too happy with it,Mann said,“PPP and the Left are a part of Sanjha Morcha. When Capt Amarinder Singh invited us to join the Congress dharnas,we said no. Now he has offered to be a part of our protest and we should consider the idea.”

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