Manpreet dares CM to gurdwara test: ‘quit politics if you fail’

People’s Party of Punjab president Manpreet Badal Monday challenged his uncle and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to claim under oath in a gurdwara that his partymen did not attempt to rig the rural polls and instigate violence in his Assembly constituency Lambi on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:20 pm

People’s Party of Punjab president Manpreet Badal Monday challenged his uncle and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to claim under oath in a gurdwara that his partymen did not attempt to rig the rural polls and instigate violence in his Assembly constituency Lambi on Sunday. “If the CM is able to say this under oath,I will quit politics. I will maybe immigrate and take up my law practice. But if he is not able to say it under oath,he should quit politics,” Manpreet said. He was reacting to statement by Chief Minister blaming the “frustrated Congress” for poll violence in Lambi. Claiming that the polling officer was “tossed against the wall by Akalis”,Manpreet said,“It happened barely two kilometres from CM’s home. If the CM’s seat needs this kind of rigging during panchayat polls,what remains to be said about the rest of the state. All this (violence) only creates a deeper rift among people,” he said.

Bajwa urges like-minded parties to join hands

Tarn Taran: The Punjab Congress Monday called upon all “like-minded parties” to join hands to fight against the “anti-people policies and undemocratic actions of SAD-BJP government”. Addressing a gathering during bhog ceremony of Congress leader Sukhraj Singh Bhagupur,a block samiti election candidate who was killed in the run up to the polls,state Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa said,“The precedent of suppressing voters set by SAD-BJP government was unfortunate.” He announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh from PPCC to the family of Sukhraj. Another Rs 5 lakh was announced by local Congress leaders and as much by PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary. Indian National Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav who was also present said Sukhraj was a “martyr and a memorial for him will be raised and his portrait displayed in IYC and PPCC office”.

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