After making 5,000 friends on Facebook,the maximum number allowed by the online networking site,the ousted finance minister and expelled Akali leader,Manpreet Singh Badal,is garnering more support in the virtual world. Supportmanpreetbadal.com calls upon the people to pledge their support for the minister and his ideas. And with all eyes on the November 14 rally in Amritsar,where Manpreet has announced to unveil his future plans,this website also calls for Internet users to join him at the rally.
Facebook,too,has a separate page dedicated to the proposed Amritsar rally.
The website has a one-line petition that reads: Respected S Manpreet Singh Badal,we the undersigned support your actions and stand against the corrupt political policies of the Punjab Government.
According to available records,the site was registered on a US-based server on October 17. The petition has about 79 signatures. While US-based Sukhjit Sandhu extends his entire villages support to Manpreet,another signatory,Gurpreet Singh Mahal,equates Manpreet with former Punjab chief minister Partap Singh Kairon,calling both as visionary leaders.
Canada-based Aman Samra comments: This is the beginning of the new Punjab. This whole fiasco has showed or at least made the people aware of the politics played by Sukhbir Badal to rule the state of Punjab like a dictator. A logical step from the former finance minister to rid the state of its debt was taken by Sukhbir and Akali Dal as an act of indiscipline. I am just amazed at how we vote such people to power… Public interest does not hold any interest for them.
Another signatory,Jang Badhesha,writes: Thanks for taking a courageous stand for the sake of Punjabi community and we will always be indebted to you…
When asked about Manpreets efforts to garner support by holding rallies across Punjab,Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal,who was in Ludhiana on Sunday,refused to comment. His reply was: I do not want to talk about this.