Two days after the Lok Sabha poll results, People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal is all set to go on a thanksgiving tour in rural areas.
He said that the alliance of PPP with the Congress would continue and he would be calling a meeting of PPP very soon.
The long-term goal is to oust the Shiromani Akali Dal government in the 2017 Assembly elections, and the party has to gear towards that aim, said Manpreet.
He will visit Bathinda Urban on Monday to thank the voters and address the workers who helped him throughout the campaign.
“Victory is when people shower unprecedented affection upon you, and that is what happened in Bathinda. Despite police terror, administrative collusion, vote buying, distribution of liquor, fake namesakes and the combined might of the government and the drug mafia, I touched close to five lakh votes causing the biggest ever scare of the ruling Akali Dal government in Punjab,” said Manpreet.
While interacting with voters here, he thanked them for their support.
“I will remain indebted to the voters of Bathinda forever, who adopted me within hours of the announcement of my ticket from this historic city,” he said.
Manpreet is on a thanksgiving tour to all villages where he had campaigned for the past one month.
He said though he lost by a very thin margin, it was a ‘moral victory’ for him and a defeat to the nexus of a corrupt government, mafia dons and a complacent administration.
Manpreet also announced that he would try and cover all areas where he had campaigned and canvassed to say a “big thank you” to all those who supported him.
“Had it been a fair and free election with no external interference or vote buying, the result would have been very different,” added Manpreet.